* Good size
* Great athleticism
* Has learned how to mix the drive in with his jump shot
* Jump shot has become much more consistent
* Questions about his toughness
* Needs to work on ball handling
* Defense needs tightening up
* Occasional stretches where he isn't assertive offensively
Hopson is exploring his draft opportunities and hasn't hired an agent. If the general consensus is that he's a second-round pick, he'll consider returning to school and try to learn a thing or two about defense and toughness from new Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin.
Hopson caught a lot of grief about disappearing in games and being the root cause of Tennessee losses. But there was a lot more to the Vols' problems than Hopson, as was proven after the season, when coach Bruce Pearl was fired after running afoul of the NCAA. Hopson was inconsistent, but ultimately he played well enough to earn first-team All-SEC honors as chosen by the league's coaches. Hopson helped lead the Vols to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season.
17.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 2.8 tpg, 29.3 mpg, .452 FG, .376 3PT, .735 FT
Hopson and freshman Tobias Harris accounted for 45 percent of Tennessee's scoring last season.
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What Insiders Say:
Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl
"Scotty has always had to beat down the title of 'he's soft.' And admittedly he's not naturally aggressive and wasn't somebody who sought out contact, or liked contact. But we've talked a lot about him learning to enjoy and welcome the physicality of the game. Scotty has worked hard on his body, and now he's been able to absorb contact and get to the rim. You look at his physique now. He came here a boy, and now he's a man."
Former Tennessee assistant coach Steve Forbes
"Sometimes when kids are labeled out of high school as a McDonald's All-American, people just automatically assume they're going to come into college basketball and dominate. That's not always the case. We knew Scotty had come from a smaller high school, had played against smaller competition in high school, and it was going to be an adjustment for him play at this level. We knew he had all the skills and all the talent, to do it, but it was going to be a process."
"One of the biggest things I've learned as a young man growing up is at times I've dwelled on the past. If I miss a shot or miss a free throw, it affects me on the other end. It took me a while to understand the ball's always going to come back around for you. If I make a mistake, it's not the end of the world."
What Outsiders Say:
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon
"There were some transition buckets that got him going early [Tennessee defeated Pitt behind Hopson's 27 points]. He had some tough shots. Scotty Hopson makes tough shots."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2008-09, 46-for-129 (.357); 2009-10, 52-for-156 (.333); 2010-11, 53-for-141 (.376). Totals: 151-for-426 (.354).|