Kentucky’s interest in 2021 four-star forward Bryce Hopkins is picking up steam by the day.
After reaching out to Hopkins earlier this week, John Calipari and the Kentucky coaching staff completed a virtual visit with the 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward this evening, his father, Clyde Hopkins, tells KSR.
The four-star forward’s father tells KSR that while no official offer was extended, Wednesday marked the third consecutive day Kentucky reached out, with back-to-back calls from Calipari coming on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Hopkins, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward out of Oak Park, IL, is considered the No. 33 prospect overall and No. 8 power forward in the 2021 247Sports Composite Rankings.
In an interview with 247Sports, the four-star prospect said he decided to decommit from Louisville due to the program’s numerous recruiting violations and potential sanctions coming from the NCAA.
“I opened up my recruitment because there were a lot of uncertainties on what is going on with the sanctions,”Hopkins told 247Sports. “They also keep appealing (the sanctions) which is only making it harder on me.”
Before committing to Louisville back in November, Hopkins had scholarship offers from schools such as Illinois, Indiana, Xavier, Wisconsin, Iowa and others. Since decommitting, the 6-foot-7 forward has also added new offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Oregon, and Providence.
In terms of a decision timeline, Hopkins’ father tells KSR that while he’s in no rush to make a decision, the four-star prospect would like to commit to a school in a month or so.
Here was Evan Daniels’ scouting report on Hopkins prior to his departure from 247Sports:
A versatile prospect, Hopkins is best utilized as a face up forward, but he has the skill to play out on the perimeter at the three-spot. Hopkins grew to 6-7 during his junior season and his body has continued to progress. He has an impressive feel for the game, a good skill set and is an aggressive scorer that can score it from all three-levels. Hopkins is particularly effective out of the high post, where he can make plays off the dribble or make the right pinpoint pass. Hopkins is also an active rebounder that gets on the backboard and is capable of grabbing a board and starting the break. On the flip side, Hopkins lacks consistency as a long-range threat, and is just an OK athlete.