For most teams across the country the high school basketball season is starting to come to a close. That is not the case for Kentucky Wildcats signee Bryce Hopkins as his season is just now starting to get underway, and folks let’s just say he is producing numbers that should have fans excited.
Hopkins and his high school team, Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL just started their season at the beginning of this month. Now only seven games in, the Friars are posting a 6-1 record. A main factor to help Fenwick to those six wins this season is the play of Hopkins.
Through Hopkins’ first seven games this season, Jake Weingarten of StockRisers.com posted a brief stat line that shows his dominance.
Prospect in the Top-50 having a very dominant senior year? Kentucky pledge Bryce Hopkins. Last night he finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists for @FenwickHoops.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) February 23, 2021
Fun fact: He’s posted double-double’s in each of the Friars first seven games. Dominant.
At 6-7 and 220lbs, Hopkins is at his best when playing a face-up forward role, and as you watch his tape really see he is comfortable when he gets the ball anywhere in the mid-range part of the floor. This season he has continued to show a nice ability to make the mid-range jumper consistently, as well as get to the rim and use his strength to finish it or make a great pass to an open teammate. If he can develop a consistent long range shot he should be able to contribute offensively next season.
Defensively he is not the quickest guy you will see, but uses his body well to help keep his man in front of him. He also crashes the boards aggressively, as you can tell by the numbers he has posted this season.
With Hopkins off to his hot start it should get fans excited for the forwards we could see in next seasons front court. With Hopkins to go along with, Jacob Toppin, and potentially returning Keion Brooks and Cam’Ron Fletcher, Coach Cal is going to have his hands full of good options to be the second big man.
Hopkins is listed as a four star prospect and ranks 27th nationally according to 24/7 Sports Composite rankings, and is ranked 28th according to Rivals.
Check out some of his highlights below!