Bryce Hopkins set to put up “substantial numbers” at Providence

Curious how issues are going for former Kentucky ahead Bryce Hopkins at Providence? He’s clearly doing one thing proper.

After watching the Friars follow this week in Rhode Island, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports is predicting a giant 12 months for the previous Wildcat.

“Kentucky switch Bryce Hopkins goes to put up substantial numbers for Providence,” Rothstein wrote this week. “Think a right-handed model of LaDontae Henton at 6-7. Takes and makes 3s with ease. Terrific face-up participant.”

Providence head coach Ed Cooley agrees with Rothstein’s evaluation, singling out Hopkins as a “matchup nightmare” who is anticipated to produce in his first 12 months as a Friar.

“He’s going to have to step up into a number one function for us,” Cooley instructed Rothstein. “His versatility makes him a matchup nightmare all around the ground. We’re going to lean on him to produce.”

Hopkins entered the switch portal again in April after averaging 2.1 factors and 1.4 rebounds in simply 6.4 minutes per contest as a freshman in Lexington.

“This journey has been a dream come true,” Hopkins introduced. “I’ve all the time needed to play for Kentucky rising up and it got here true. I can not thank the Big Blue Nation sufficient for embracing me such as you did. There are so many reminiscences that I’ll maintain with me without end. I need to thank my brothers that I’ve grinded with all season. I’ve constructed a bond with all of you that no person can break, and I really like you all.

“I need to thank Coach Calipari, Coach Bru(iser Flint), Coach Jai (Lucas), Coach Chin (Coleman) and Coach Orlando (Antigua) for believing in me and giving me the chance to play right here.

“But with that being stated my mother and father and I’ve put loads of thought into it and really feel that it is best for me to enter the switch portal.”

Hopkins was a rumored switch for the reason that starting of the spring semester, with the continuing expectation being that he would discover his choices at the conclusion of his freshman season. That expectation grew to become a actuality in April, with a dedication to Providence coming just some weeks later.

“Bryce is an distinctive child and as we all the time do, we’ll help him and his household of their determination,” John Calipari stated at the time. “I’m pleased with Bryce for not solely being an incredible teammate, however he got here to the gymnasium prepared to work and be the perfect he might for us each day.”

The versatile combo-forward was a consensus four-star prospect and top-50 recruit out of highschool. He averaged 24.4 factors, 12.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per recreation as a senior at Fenwick (IL) and was named the MaxPreps Illinois Player of the Year. Hopkins was named to the Jordan Brand Classic roster and performed within the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic.

Now, he is taken his skills to Providence — and he is making a press release early.

As for Kentucky, Jacob Toppin, Chris Livingston and Daimion Collins now fill the versatile ahead function(s) Hopkins would have held in Lexington this season. With a transparent beginning spot obtainable at Providence and deep expertise at ahead remaining at UK, it is arduous to see it as something apart from a win-win for each events.

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