The good news continues for the Kentucky basketball program.
2021 four-star forward Bryce Hopkins has announced his commitment to Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over offers from California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan, Oregon, Providence and Texas, among others.
Hopkins, a 6’7” forward out of Oak Park, IL, is considered the No. 30 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
After originally committing to Louisville in November of 2019, he decommitted in August due to the program’s ongoing NCAA investigation and potential incoming sanctions.
Leading up to his commitment, all 11 Crystal Ball predictions over at 247Sports were in favor of Kentucky, along with eight straight FutureCasts in favor of the Wildcats over at Rivals.
“Kentucky, man, it’s a great place for him. We went there and felt really good about it,” Hopkins’ father, Clyde, previously told KSR. “They have been consistent ever since the first Zoom call.”
As for what UK likes about his game, Hopkins’ father said Calipari and the staff love his versatility, with the four-star prospect being able to play multiple positions on the floor.
“They like his game a lot, the versatility, his strength, being strong down in the post,” said Hopkins. “Being able to post, come back out on the perimeter, they love his versatility. They didn’t really go into [how they’d use him], but Coach Cal, he puts players out there. That’s the type of player he recruits, positionless players. They say he’ll just get it done. If they need to use three guards, they use three guards. If they need two wings, they use two wings. They just put players on the floor that can make plays, and they think Bryce can do that for them.”
Hopkins joins four-star guard Nolan Hickman as Kentucky’s lone commitment in the class of 2021, with UK also extending offers to Collins, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Jaden Hardy, Hunter Sallis, Moussa Diabate, Bryce Hopkins and Brandin Podziemski.
Kentucky also picked up its first 2022 commitment Thursday evening when five-star guard Skyy Clark chose the Wildcats over North Carolina, Memphis and UCLA. While he currently remains in the junior class, the 6-foot-3 guard is contemplating a potential reclassification in the future.
Celebrate Hopkins’ commitment with some of his most recent highlights below:
Welcome to the family.