Winning a title at any level, in any sport can really be an experience of a lifetime for athletes. You go up against the best of the best and come out on top, which is exciting and fulfilling. But for 2021 Shooting Guard, Bryce Hopkins (Fenwick H.S. – Oak Park, IL) who helped his Illinois Wolves AAU team win the Under Armour National Championship, he is not settling there. With another great spring and summer under his belt, Hopkins is continuing to heat up in recruiting circles and he will look to take his experiences this past year into a playing a strong season with his high school squad.

Hopkins is a scintillating 6’5”, 190-pound shooting guard/wing who can really stretch the floor with his ability to score in a variety of ways. His game from the perimeter is elite-level and with his size, he has solid handles that he can use to take defenders off the dribble and get to the basket for the bucket as well. With his length and size, he causes problems for opponents on both ends of the floor and with the determination he plays with he is becoming a force, a handful for opposing coaches to game plan against. “My strengths are driving to the hole and shooting 3’s, but I have been working on my mid-range pull up game so that I can score from all three levels of the floor,” Hopkins himself stated, noting the area he is practicing hard to implement in his game. When he gets that mid-range smooth, he will really be a challenge to defend, and then look out.

The rising 2021 guard prospect now has offers from UW-Milwaukee, Miami (OH), Loyola (Chicago), and Nebraska. As well as a nice group of offers, Hopkins is picking up serious interest from other top schools such as Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Butler, Tulane and Belmont. He also commented his thoughts of some of the schools he has taken visits to:

Miami (OH): “Miami was really nice, it was in the middle of nowhere, but once I got on campus it was really nice and welcoming.”

Michigan: “Michigan was very nice, it felt special to visit a college with so much history with the Fab Five playing there and with the Wolverines coming off an NCAA Championship run.”

Ohio State: “Ohio State was very nice, the coaches were phenomenal and really made me feel welcomed… The basketball stadium was basically an NBA arena, it was beautiful.”

Loyola (Chicago): “Loyola was also very nice because it is close to home and to see the campus that sits on the lake was beautiful… It’s also great that with them coming off of a Final Four run in March Madness all of the up and coming renovations they are making to their arena.”

Hopkins is taking those experiences and the looks he has been getting from schools as motivation to really push himself harder to elevate where he can take things. “Loving the game motivates me and also it motivates me to see all of the college coaches sitting at our AAU games and evaluating us… Just knowing that the coaches are there and looking to offer people to play for their program motivates me.”

Again having a strong spring and summer was amazing for Hopkins, with the National Championship playing with the Wolves and the attention he has continued to pick up from colleges. Hopkins also noted his play at the NY2LA Sports tournament in the summer in which he got to face off against Kevon Looney’s team with the touted Michael Foster (Milwaukee, WI), and being excited about his own play in that contest. His next action, however, will come with his high school teammates at Fenwick as they look to capitalize and have a big year. “Some goals that I have for this upcoming season is to win a state title and to make the All-State team,” he stated confidently, which is certainly attainable for a player of Hopkins talent.  A game you may want to check out would be their battle against rivals Oak Park & River Forest (OPRF) which everyone around will be looking forward.