Some people might remember Scotty Hopson for his supreme athleticism and scoring prowess. Others might know him for his high-top fade.
For three years from 2008-2011, Hopson was one of the most exciting players in the SEC. At 6’7″, Hopson displayed incredible touch on his jump shot and an uncanny ability to finish around the basket. Such was on full display during his junior, and final, season.
After falling in the Sweet Sixteen in 2010, Hopson came out firing in 2011 as he attempted to lead the Tennessee Volunteers even further. He did so by lighting up the scoreboard with an average of 17.0 points per game on 45.2 percent shooting from the floor and 37.6 percent from beyond the arc.
As a result, Hopson led the Vols to a near-upset of No. 12 Florida in the SEC Tournament. Despite scoring 19 points, however, Hopson could not lead Tennessee to victory.
Even still, his legacy was left and Hopson was named to the 2011 All-SEC first team.
That summer, Hopson decided to forego his senior season and declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft. That decision proved to be detrimental, as Hopson went undrafted in 2011—much to the surprise of college basketball fans everywhere.
As many players do, Hopson opted to go overseas. His first destination was Kolossos Rodou B.C. of Greece. It was there that Hopson played more than 20 games and averaged 9.8 points in 19.2 minutes. Unfortunately, the team—and league, for that matter—were concerned with Hopson’s inefficiency.
Since joining Hapoel Eilat B.C. of Israel, however, Hopson has silenced the critics.
Hopson is currently averaging 18.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steal per game. After previously struggling to put together a complete style of play, Hopson has become one of the most productive players in Israel.
At 23, a future in the NBA remains a possibility.