After losing out on a few prospects to Louisville, the Friars now have the opportunity to enact some recruiting revenge. Fenwick High’s (Oak Park, IL) Bryce Hopkins committed to Chris Mack and Louisville back in 2019. This past Sunday it was announced that the combo forward would be decommitting from the school due to potential sanctions the school no doubt has coming to them.
It didn’t take long for a number of teams including the Friars to get in contact with the Hopkins. Today he is set to meet with Ed Cooley, as well as Kentucky’s Coach Cal.
Outside of getting revenge against Chris Mack it is very easy to see why the Friars would want Bryce Hopkins. Besides the fact he already plays for the Fenwick Friars the 6-7 and 220 lb Hopkins reminds me of Philadelphia 76ers’ forward Tobias Harris (brother of Friar Tyler). He’s a bit undersized to be a post player but would be a large framed wing. So he uses both skillsets as a back to the basket scorer, slashing shot maker. Let’s take a look at his game compared to Tobias Harris at the University of Tennessee.
Interesting choice of music for the highlight reel of Bryce Hopkins but I digress. As you can see Hopkins has the ability as a slashing player as well as a traditional big. I’ve heard some voice concern with him being same position as Jyare Davis, Greg Gantt and Jimmy Nichols but I see him playing mostly at 4 spot. Tobias Harris played the PF position at the University of Tennessee.
The competition will be fierce for his services with Kentucky already being involved and him getting offers from Oregon and Notre Dame. If the Friars can make Bryce Hopkins as their first pledge it would be a win for the Friars in more ways than one.