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John Calipari sets up virtual meeting with former Louisville commit Bryce Hopkins

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike

It appears Kentucky’s interest in former Louisville commit Bryce Hopkins is picking up steam.

After reaching out to Hopkins earlier this week, John Calipari has reportedly scheduled a virtual meeting with the four-star forward in the class of 2021 this afternoon.

Jake Weingarten of was the first to break the news.

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.

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.

Check out some of the new Kentucky target’s highlights below:

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16 Comments for John Calipari sets up virtual meeting with former Louisville commit Bryce Hopkins

  1. UKinIN
    1:55 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    I just don’t think he fits what Calipari wants.

  2. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    1:58 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    I’m not opposed to signings like this…but I am wondering why…

  3. UKBigBlueForever
    1:58 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Thanks coach.

  4. UKBigBlueForever
    1:58 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    That was for UKinIN btw

    • UKinIN
      2:40 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      He’s not long or super athletic. He doesn’t fit what Calipari recruits. Can he accept that he’ll be a role player at UK?

    • UKBigBlueForever
      3:21 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      I was just saying why would they be interviewing him to begin with if you think there wasn’t interest from UK and Calipari

    • UKinIN
      3:26 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Calipari could have a meeting with him and nothing comes of it. I guess I’m flashing back to EJ Montgomery. UK didn’t get involved until he backed out of his commitment to GA (?) and never seemed to be a great fit.

  5. Headhurts
    2:09 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Looks to be a very good player, trust the coach.

  6. ClutchCargo
    2:14 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    I say bring him on if Cal thinks he can contribute. But the SEC is not a great place for “just OK” athletes.

  7. IrishCat
    2:16 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    I trust Cal, but I’m a little confused here too. It’s looking like more forwards in the 6-7 range are the only thing not likely needed on next years roster.

  8. BobbyBlue
    3:07 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Have never seen anything but the usual overhyped video of this kid, and reading Daniels report., but it seems to me that -/Rides will be more valuable then ever, if the instant eligibility, one time transfers actually goes into effect in January.
    So why the rush to recruit this kid, unless he is projected to grow to 6’10”, which is not mentioned here ?

    • ClutchCargo
      3:12 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      UofLOL coaches and fans would be really mad if we scooped him up. Is that a good enough reason? 🙂

    • Urincatland
      4:13 am August 13, 2020 Permalink

      Why would you want to scoop up a mediocre player when there’s plenty other players that’s more versatile and has more athleticism than this kid regardless of what school is recruiting him? Go get a better fit player instead of wanting to piss Louisville off. This is UK, don’t worry about little brother!!

  9. UKFanSC
    4:07 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    We weren’t very excited about SGA either…… remember ? So you. Ever know what Cal sees in him. Might be a hidden gem, but he doesn’t jump off the page at you, I agree.

  10. BigBluSoTru
    5:12 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Kid is decent but lets be honest BBN why he is being recruited. It’s a power move Cal just couldn’t pass up .He will get recruited over anyway so if he feels he can play here more luck too him. Needs development something Cal just doesnt seem to want to do with these types.

  11. UKCatAttack
    6:13 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    He reminds me of a young Chuck Hayes. If he’s patient and works hard for 4 years he might find a niche role in the NBA.