Not long after, John Calipari virtually met with Hopkins, but an offer was not yet extended.
Today, Calipari had another virtual meeting with Hopkins, who officially received a scholarship offer to play at Kentucky. It came just a few hours after Kentucky offered fellow 2021 recruit Hunter Sallis.
Kentucky was bound to offer more forwards soon after losing Paolo Banchero to Duke on Thursday. Hopkins is who John Calipari has spent the most time on in recent weeks, so the offer comes as no surprise.
Hopkins is currently ranked 33rd nationally by 247 Sports Composite and is listed as the No. 8 power forward in the 2021 class. ESPN and Rivals classify him as a small forward.
Hopkins has drawn comparisons to former Iowa State star Georges Niang who is exactly the type of player Cal has the most success with. Someone who can battle in the post or step outside to the perimeter. It seems to be the perfect match.
The plan right now is for Hopkins to announce a decision within the next month. If that happens, Kentucky looks like the favorite.
We will bring you any updates on this recruitment as more information is released. For now, check out some highlights of the talented forward in action: