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MissKitty
03-12-2008, 09:44 AM
UHA's Scotty scored 31 and had 13 rebounds against Henderson County last. Bruce Pearl and Rick Stansbury were there last night. Word has it that Billy G was in Il watching Verdell Jones last night.

I'm going to the UHA game tonight. I've been trying to get out to see this kid all season, and just haven't been able to do it. Tonight I'm going unless something devistating happens.

High School Basketball in Kentucky is just crazy. It will be standing room only, once again tonight. I'll tell you all what I think of Hopson tomorrow.

MissKitty
03-13-2008, 10:33 AM
I finally got to see the kid everyone is talking about. After seeing him in person, I now completely understand why there is so much hype. Scotty Hopson can flat out play the game of Basketball. He is a slasher with one pretty jump shot. He seems to be able to handle the the ball well and made a couple really nice passes that kind of caught me off guard as I wasn't expecting it. I guess the thing that impressed me most is how he played unselfish.

Honestly, I was kind of expecting to see him kind of be a ball hog, and basicly see the Scotty Hopson Show. It wasn't that way at all. He took shots when he had them, didn't force things and passed to an open guy. If this young man has an attitude problem as some have suggested, he sure as heck didn't show it last night in a close game against Christian County.

I really would, more than ever love to see this kid in UK BLUE next season. BTW, there were no coaches in attendance last night as they were all in Atlanta.

Tennessee
03-13-2008, 11:43 AM
I really would, more than ever love to see this kid in UK BLUE next season.

If he's that good of a player, why would he wear an average, everyday color of blue when he can stand out and wear UT Orange :raz:

Bean
03-13-2008, 11:43 AM
Thanks for the update MissKitty. Sounds like he'll be a great addition if we can land him!

kentubbybasketball
03-13-2008, 11:51 AM
He's gonna increase anybody's talent and athleticism no matter where he goes. UK could really use him, considering we're not the most guard heavy team for next year. I think that he's gonna be a Vol though, even though it is interesting he hasn't committed that yet and UT has been giving high interest and UK only minimal interest up until just recently.

MissKitty
03-13-2008, 11:53 AM
I did come away thinking he needs to get stronger.

Bean
03-13-2008, 11:53 AM
Why do you think he's going to be a Vol?

Tennessee
03-13-2008, 11:57 AM
Why do you think he's going to be a Vol?

Never mind, you weren't even talking to me :rotf:

Bean
03-13-2008, 12:00 PM
Never mind, you weren't even talking to me :rotf:

Sorry, I should have used the quote button. I was asking KentubbyBasketball why he thought that.

kentubbybasketball
03-13-2008, 12:00 PM
Why do you think he's going to be a Vol?

Just from what I've been hearing from sources. He really likes Bruce Pearl's system, and Pearl apparently is selling him on being the "next Chris Lofton," which is ludicrous since they have different games... and Pearl knows they have different games, he's just selling his product however he can, which includes negative recruiting (that's his rep among people in the business anyway). So, when you combine all of that, Pearl is gonna be hard to beat IMO. Plus, his relationship with UT is more established than his with UK.

Bean
03-13-2008, 12:03 PM
Hopefully UK's surge at the end of the season will bring him around on Gillispie and put him over the top, especially if Bradley and Crawford make it to the NBA.

SkyAntoine
03-13-2008, 12:56 PM
From what I hear, most people are equally impressed with Miller. Hopson's "iffiness" concerns me...reminds me of Legion.

I think he winds up a Vol.

OffThePorch
03-13-2008, 01:00 PM
Hopson to MSU.

kentubbybasketball
03-13-2008, 01:00 PM
Miller is gonna be Mr. Basketball.

SkyAntoine
03-13-2008, 01:28 PM
Hopson to MSU.

Are you in denial?http://bestsmileys.com/comfort/1.gif

OffThePorch
03-13-2008, 01:57 PM
Are you in denial?http://bestsmileys.com/comfort/1.gif

no im in Byram Mississiippi. :wave:

Coach Stansbury was at the game too. we'll see soon enough.

SkyAntoine
03-13-2008, 02:18 PM
no im in Byram Mississiippi. :wave:

Coach Stansbury was at the game too. we'll see soon enough.

http://bestsmileys.com/lol/5.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/lol/5.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/lol/5.gif

Bean
03-13-2008, 03:10 PM
No way he goes to MSU in my opinion.

OffThePorch
03-13-2008, 03:12 PM
No way he goes to MSU in my opinion.

thats good to know. :sb:

Bean
03-13-2008, 03:16 PM
Just my opinion, I don't have any legit info to back that up. Just a hunch.

kentubbybasketball
03-13-2008, 03:19 PM
No way he goes to MSU in my opinion.

I agree. If he was set on them, he would have signed, which is what he had promised to do. Most people don't recommit after decommitting.

SkyAntoine
03-13-2008, 03:22 PM
thats good to know. :sb:

I've heard Hopson was lazy...http://bestsmileys.com/lazy/1.gif

...and has a bad temper...http://bestsmileys.com/angry1/1.gif

...and passes gas...http://bestsmileys.com/rude/20.gif

...and is Irish...http://bestsmileys.com/stpatricsday/2.gif

...but has a sweet shot...http://bestsmileys.com/sports2/10.gif

OffThePorch
03-13-2008, 03:24 PM
Just my opinion, I don't have any legit info to back that up. Just a hunch.

i realize that & you may be right. my hunch is he'll end coming in with Bost & Osby this fall. we'll see.

http://mississippistate.scout.com/a.z?s=136&p=8&c=1&nid=2637717

OffThePorch
03-13-2008, 03:26 PM
I've heard Hopson was lazy..

If he's lazy on the court or in the classroom he need not come.

MissKitty
03-13-2008, 04:20 PM
Alright, he did not seem lazy to me last night. Of course that is only one game and it was in a game against a big rival. He also did not seem to have a hot temper. The officiating was pretty bad. He got hacked pretty good several times and no foul was called. Also he got called for a couple BS fouls and did not react in a negitive way. He simply took his seat on the bench and cheered for his team.

Like I said earlier, the only thing I saw was he needs to gain a little weight and get stronger.

FWIW, everyone around us was talking about him as we sat on the UHA side of the Gym. Most of the talk I heard was from people saying he would be attending MSU.

kentubbybasketball
03-14-2008, 12:46 PM
I think a lot of the laziness that was tagged on him last year has been addressed. He's made major strides over the past year... it really has improved.

OffThePorch
03-14-2008, 03:50 PM
Alright, he did not seem lazy to me last night. Of course that is only one game and it was in a game against a big rival. He also did not seem to have a hot temper. The officiating was pretty bad. He got hacked pretty good several times and no foul was called. Also he got called for a couple BS fouls and did not react in a negitive way. He simply took his seat on the bench and cheered for his team.
Like I said earlier, the only thing I saw was he needs to gain a little weight and get stronger.
FWIW, everyone around us was talking about him as we sat on the UHA side of the Gym. Most of the talk I heard was from people saying he would be attending MSU.

From what Ive heard he's a good kid. I look forward to seeing him wearing maroon. :cheers:

antdawg9
03-17-2008, 10:49 PM
Hopefully Scotty will sign with MSU during the late signing period and cap off a great class. However, even though he was committed to us for over a year, as KT said, players that decommit rarely sign with their original choice. With that said though, I think the whole "he officially decommitted after the Gillepsie comments" is way overblown by Kentucky fans. Because technically, he was decommitted before the comments, and also if they would have listened to the interview, he didn't say anything that he wasn't saying after the early signing period. He said that he still likes MSU and they are very much into the picture. He didn't say "I'm decommitting and opening up my recruitment" as the columnist would have led you to believe.

But in the end, I'm with the majority and believe he will sign with Tennessee. But I do feel very good about our chances after reading comments by Scotty himself.

kentubbybasketball
03-18-2008, 02:51 PM
I think it isn't ironic though that Hopson announces officially that he's decommitted after G made the comments though. Hopson was "unofficially decommitted" when he never signed his letter of intent for MSU. But, then he announces it once G says he won't pursue committed players. Maybe it's just serendipity, but I really doubt that fully.

Hopson is just being a businessman. He realizes he'll have no chance at putting on UK blue unless he made this official, and he's just leaving all his options open. He realizes the benefits that come from playing at UK especially if you're a Kentucky boy.

UA37
03-18-2008, 03:24 PM
Alright, he did not seem lazy to me last night.

:lol:

OffThePorch
03-18-2008, 03:39 PM
:lol:

:rotf:

antdawg9
03-18-2008, 04:25 PM
I think it isn't ironic though that Hopson announces officially that he's decommitted after G made the comments though. Hopson was "unofficially decommitted" when he never signed his letter of intent for MSU. But, then he announces it once G says he won't pursue committed players. Maybe it's just serendipity, but I really doubt that fully.

Hopson is just being a businessman. He realizes he'll have no chance at putting on UK blue unless he made this official, and he's just leaving all his options open. He realizes the benefits that come from playing at UK especially if you're a Kentucky boy.

Yeah, but that's what I'm saying though. He didn't come out and say "I'm officially re-opening my recruitment." He basically said the same thing that he was always saying. However, the UK guys doing the interview(sorry I'm not familiar with them), took it as Scotty officially decommitting.

But like I said, once he didn't sign, I didn't like our chances as much as I had while committed. But I just don't buy the idea that he officially decommitted after the Gillepsie comments to gain UK's attention.

georgiaguy31015
03-18-2008, 04:37 PM
Welcome to the board antdawg.

leland5
03-18-2008, 05:23 PM
Scotty Hopson.....Very talented, McDonalds All American.

kentubbybasketball
03-19-2008, 04:17 PM
Yeah, but that's what I'm saying though. He didn't come out and say "I'm officially re-opening my recruitment." He basically said the same thing that he was always saying. However, the UK guys doing the interview(sorry I'm not familiar with them), took it as Scotty officially decommitting.

But like I said, once he didn't sign, I didn't like our chances as much as I had while committed. But I just don't buy the idea that he officially decommitted after the Gillepsie comments to gain UK's attention.

How, then, would you describe the timing of his comments then? Serendipity?

antdawg9
03-19-2008, 05:22 PM
How, then, would you describe the timing of his comments then? Serendipity?

Yeah but that's where my problem lies. I don't think of the comments itself as anything he wasn't saying already. That's the whole point I'm trying to make. Also I don't think after BG's comments, he called up Dave Baker(that is who did the interview right?) and said "I have an announcement to make". I take it as he was contacted and he said what he was always saying. Only now since BG made those comments, everyone interpreted it as him officially reopening his commitment to draw the interest of Gillepsie.

I still don't think he ends up at MSU. But I just don't buy what the UK fans are buying into over the "timing" of his comments.

bballpro408
03-19-2008, 06:05 PM
Anyone know when we can expect a decision from him?

antdawg9
03-19-2008, 06:15 PM
Jody Demling mentioned today that he believes we won't see a decision for about 2 weeks. He's leaving for Milwaukee for the McDonald's AA game next week, but he wants to visit some more schools before he decide.

kentubbybasketball
03-20-2008, 12:05 PM
Anyone know when we can expect a decision from him?

Everywhere I've heard said that he's not even thinking about the decision while the state playoffs are going on. They start today up in Rupp Arena and will be over by the weekend, so I think he'll start thinking about it more because business will start picking up from the schools that are recruiting him.

OffThePorch
03-20-2008, 12:20 PM
in the end it'll be Hopson to MSU. :cheers:

http://mississippistate.scout.com/a.z?s=136&p=9&c=2&cid=738989&nid=2637717&fhn=1&ssf=1&RequestedURL=http%3a%2f%2fmississippistate.scout.c om%2fa.z%3fs%3d136%26p%3d9%26c%3d2%26cid%3d738989% 26nid%3d2637717%26fhn%3d1

kentubbybasketball
03-20-2008, 12:21 PM
BTW, is anybody else surprised that Hopson, a top 10 recruit, didn't even win Player of the Year in his own region?

OffThePorch
03-20-2008, 12:27 PM
Scotty Hopson.....Very talented, McDonalds All American.
no doubt... hope he stays more than one season..

http://mississippistate.scout.com/a.z?s=136&p=9&c=2&cid=738989&nid=2637717&fhn=1&ssf=1&RequestedURL=http%3a%2f%2fmississippistate.scout.c om%2fa.z%3fs%3d136%26p%3d9%26c%3d2%26cid%3d738989% 26nid%3d2637717%26fhn%3d1

antdawg9
03-20-2008, 12:57 PM
BTW, is anybody else surprised that Hopson, a top 10 recruit, didn't even win Player of the Year in his own region?

Yeah, I was surprised when I saw that too. It sounds like politics, but I don't know so I'm just speculating.

But an "update" on Scotty...

Take it for what it's worth

3. University Heights Academy star Scotty Hopson says he's still committed to Mississippi State but that he's listening to other recruiters even though he still really likes Mississippi State and just wants to keep his options open despite feeling that Mississippi State is the best place for him unless he has a change of heart and decides instead on Tennessee or Kentucky. Otherwise he's firmly committed to Mississippi State, at least for the moment.

Here's the link

http://www.kentucky.com/289/story/350995.html

statesboroblues
03-20-2008, 04:30 PM
Yeah, I was surprised when I saw that too. It sounds like politics, but I don't know so I'm just speculating.

But an "update" on Scotty...

Take it for what it's worth

3. University Heights Academy star Scotty Hopson says he's still committed to Mississippi State but that he's listening to other recruiters even though he still really likes Mississippi State and just wants to keep his options open despite feeling that Mississippi State is the best place for him unless he has a change of heart and decides instead on Tennessee or Kentucky. Otherwise he's firmly committed to Mississippi State, at least for the moment.

Here's the link

http://www.kentucky.com/289/story/350995.html

Dare I say...run-on sentence.

"Eat a Peach"

kentubbybasketball
03-21-2008, 03:26 PM
Yeah, I was surprised when I saw that too. It sounds like politics, but I don't know so I'm just speculating.

But an "update" on Scotty...

Take it for what it's worth

3. University Heights Academy star Scotty Hopson says he's still committed to Mississippi State but that he's listening to other recruiters even though he still really likes Mississippi State and just wants to keep his options open despite feeling that Mississippi State is the best place for him unless he has a change of heart and decides instead on Tennessee or Kentucky. Otherwise he's firmly committed to Mississippi State, at least for the moment.

Here's the link

http://www.kentucky.com/289/story/350995.html

Do you really expect him to say otherwise. As he said in the same breath, "he's keeping his options open." Saying he's not still committed to MSU is cutting one option, right?

OffThePorch
03-21-2008, 05:42 PM
3. University Heights Academy star Scotty Hopson says he's still committed to Mississippi State

georgiaguy31015
03-21-2008, 07:29 PM
3. University Heights Academy star Scotty Hopson says he's still committed to Mississippi State

Well maybe that will end that but I doubt it lmao.

msubulldog0610
03-21-2008, 07:30 PM
I hope he decides soon...I'm already looking to next year as we are playing like crap and gonna lose tonight...Ughh...Anyway hopefully he comes next year cause if Jamont thinks he's NBA ready (which he's showing he's not in the NCAAT) and leaves after the tournament or really this or the next game, we'll need a superstar player like him on our team...

msudawg4life
03-21-2008, 09:23 PM
..I'm already looking to next year as we are playing like crap and gonna lose tonight.....


wow.....Go State!

msubulldog0610
03-21-2008, 09:27 PM
wow.....Go State!

Hey I changed my mind as the game went on...Haha I don't usually fall into not believing in the team but we were playing like we were against UGA...But hey my Bulldogs proved me wrong again and hopefully they'll put on a great showing against Memphis...

kentubbybasketball
03-22-2008, 10:39 AM
I think Hopson is going to Tennessee. The style is just better for his game.

OffThePorch
03-22-2008, 11:56 AM
3. University Heights Academy star Scotty Hopson says he's still committed to Mississippi State

statesboroblues
03-24-2008, 11:41 AM
I think Hopson is going to Tennessee.

I have to agree...

"Eat a Peach"

antdawg9
03-24-2008, 12:21 PM
Another update per Rivals.com

-Both the East and West squads got their feet wet during the first practice of the McDonald's All-American Game on Sunday. A couple top prospects were noticeable due to their absence, but Scotty Hopson (http://mississippistate.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=2&pr_key=50129) was noticeable due to his presence.

Making a formidable tandem on the wing for the West squad, Demar DeRozan (http://mississippistate.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=2&pr_key=42565) and Hopson played on another level athletically than their teammates. Both players shot the ball well from the outside, and unlike the smaller guards on the West, finished with authority at the rim. Hopson perhaps had the play of the day with a resounding dunk over Greg Monroe (http://mississippistate.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=2&pr_key=40233).

One of two unsigned prospect along with Tyreke Evans (http://mississippistate.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=2&pr_key=38381), Hopson will focus on his recruitment once he leaves Milwaukee. He has four official visits left to his disposal, and the former Mississippi State commitment plans to use them.

"When this is over I'm going to take some visits to some colleges and evaluate my situation and then probably make a decision after that," Hopson told Rivals.com. "I have some schools in mind like Tennessee, Texas probably, Kentucky, maybe Louisville, probably Cincinnati."

Although it is rare for a prospect to return to a school he has decommited from, Hopson claims Mississippi State is still in the running.

"Yes, they're still in the picture. They are still an option, a big option. I still might go there. It's just a matter of me evaluating my options and seeing how it goes."

kentubbybasketball
03-24-2008, 12:46 PM
To me, the main thing Hopson liked about MSU had to do with his AAU influences on MidState Ballerz, because they've sent a lot of recent players to MSU. But, when he gets away from those influences it seems like he's thinking about a broader picture. I think going into the AAU circuit that has to make MSU's staff feel better, because of those said influences, but ultimately, he's never seemed to really have his whole heart committed to MSU and that makes it a bit more questionable about whether he goes there or not. I still think it's UT's lose from everybody I've heard.

OffThePorch
03-24-2008, 01:16 PM
& i still think Mississippi State is where he ends up.

msubulldog0610
03-24-2008, 01:22 PM
http://mississippistate.rivals.com/video.asp?section=bbrecruit&pkey=&vidtype=amp&vidid=3254

This is a video of recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer from Rivals.com talking to him. He doesn't sound as that interested in MSU IMO. He does seem one and done but seems like a pretty nice kid. Watch his dunk over Greg Monroe its pretty dang good and he has a very good shot.

kentubbybasketball
03-25-2008, 07:43 PM
I agree. Matt Jones wrote he thinks Hopson would've already committed to UT if it weren't for UK getting in on this.

SkyAntoine
03-25-2008, 07:55 PM
I agree. Matt Jones wrote he thinks Hopson would've already committed to UT if it weren't for UK getting in on this.

I posted in the "Next Year" MOKH thread some quotes from BCG on the need for players that can score next year. He said Miller would not add the needed points.

KT, do you see Hopson contributing more than Miller at UK (if he were to come)?

kentubbybasketball
03-25-2008, 08:05 PM
Well, that's hard to answer? How do you quantify "contributions." Hopson is clearly a better scorer, but I think Miller will score a decent amount for a freshman anyway. Plus, I think he'd be better for team chemistry, a better rebounder, better defender than Hopson. Not to mention Miller would be around for more time. So, it's hard to answer, but I'd say Miller is the kind of guy that you win championships with, because he understands his role and plays it well. For instance, he will understand whether or not he's playing the 3 or the 4 when we have him out there next year because he'll play both, but he'll understand which position he's playing during set moments in games (something a guy like AJ Stewart didn't quite understand). Miller just gets it... his IQ seems to be high.

Honestly, our team needs scoring, especially to help Jodie on the perimeter. But, if I had an already stacked team, I'd probably take Miller.

wildcat_wizard
03-25-2008, 09:10 PM
How many years of College will he play?

kentubbybasketball
03-26-2008, 10:25 AM
It's anybody's guess. I could see him staying one year, even though it seems like two years would be better for his game.

NCMISSSTFAN
03-26-2008, 10:52 AM
I just don't see him coming to MSU, I would like to have him but I think he goes to UK or Tennesse.

kentubbybasketball
03-26-2008, 11:23 AM
NCMISSSTFAN, I respect your opinion greatly. Would you've rather him not committed to begin with? He stopped MSU's recruiting of that position somewhat and this could hurt future recruiting. If he doesn't end up in Starkville, how would you feel about his commitment?

statesboroblues
03-26-2008, 04:53 PM
KTubby, that is the only thing that gets to me. I can understand a player changing his mind but after a full year of being commited hurts...no matter how you look at it.

"Eat a Peach"

kentubbybasketball
03-26-2008, 04:54 PM
Even if he does end up at MSU... it's unfair to the school what he's done.

OffThePorch
03-26-2008, 08:33 PM
imo the only thing he's done wrong was commit without meaning it. when a kid isnt sure he shouldnt commit. but its his choice where he goes to college... as it should be. either way is fine really.
i still think he ends up at msu with Osby & Bost.