32 - Scotty Hopson

6-7, 205 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Tennessee Junior
08/08/89 (32.4 yrs)
Hopkinsville, KY
High School
University Heights
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
87 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Von Wafer/Willie Anderson

Strengths: Hopson is a former top 10 recruit and shows very good talent offensively … Is a very athletic SG with nice explosiveness, leaping skills and speed … Smooth player who has prototypical size and length from the SG spot at 6’7 202 with a 6’11 wingspan … Had some impressive scoring performances against some top level teams and improved his aggressiveness and polish some leading into his Jr. year after playing for the U.S. Select Team the summer prior … Has a nice shot, with soft touch…Beautiful form, good elevation and a high release…Very good spotting up, but also solid around screens and off crossovers…Has NBA range spotting up and is consistent from as far as 22 feet off the bounce…Has good raw ability to put the ball in the basket…Shows a nice step back that he likes to utilize off the dribble…Shows the ability to make mid-range pull up shots…A capable slasher with a very quick 1st step and excellent body control…Shows the ability to finish shots in traffic around the rim…Lead his team with 34 dunks on the year, which is a testament to his athleticism and finishing ability…Very good in transition…Has instant offense potential off a team’s bench

Weaknesses: The problem that plagued Hopson more than anything was consistency…Will have an explosive scoring game and then follow it up with a very quiet game where he lacks aggression…Is a below average ball-handler, and the ball often slows him down when he’s dribbling…Gets his pocket picked more than an NBA caliber SG should off the dribble…Doesn’t move without the ball as well as you like when plays aren’t called for him, and stands around far too much around the arc…Feel for the game and polish are underdeveloped for a guy with his experience…Was more aggressive as a Jr. looking for his shots, but sometimes showed poor shot selection…Plays poor D, especially for someone with his athletic and physical tools…Won’t get a lot of steals, lacks awareness off the ball and also falls asleep on-ball…Lacks energy on this end….Doesn’t close out on shooters with urgency…Although he added some moves, he still can be predictable at times offensively…Teams are questioning his mindset in interviews, and seems to be giving unrealistic answers about the type of player he can be…Wasn’t a leader at Tennessee when leadership was leaded most

Overall: Hopson has undeniable offensive talent and nice athleticism, and it manifested itself with some explosive games over his career. He still lacks a bit of polish and plays too lax on the defensive end. His interviews with GM’s have drawn criticism as well. Still, Hopson has upside as a scorer off the bench similar to a Von Wafer of the Celtics.

Jorrye Nixon 6/5/11

Strengths: Physical canvas to grow into prototypical NBA wing. At 6’7 with 7’0 wingspan, his size is ideal … Agile, fluid athlete with boundless potential. Has all the tools to develop into a prolific scorer … Picturesque shooting stroke with great lift, perfect follow through and high release point. His jump shot is indefensible … Exhibits excellent three point range, shooting 36% as a freshman in nearly four attempts per game … Effective mid-range jump shooter as he can stop on a dime and elevate with ease … Quick first step when decisive on attacking the tin … Tremendous leaper with 24 dunks, many of the highlight variety … Capable of making body adjustments in mid-air to finish … With his length and lateral quickness, has all the tools to be a successful defender.

Weaknesses: Must add bulk to his frame … Was easily knocked off balance on drives to the hoop last season and, despite a quick first step, had difficulty shedding defenders when closely guarded … Does not currently possess the strength to finish in traffic … His game is marked by passivity … Attempted under two free throw attempts per contest … Too often stands behind the three point line, feet locked to the ground, with his hands out … Does not make a concerted effort to move without the ball or get open … Half of his field goal attempts came from distance … Ball handling is quite questionable … Very rarely attempts a drive from the three point line to the basket … Does not create offense for others … His offensive game lacks imagination and is very predictable and one dimensional at this stage … His three key areas for improvement: strength, ball handling and aggression, all go hand in hand … Has worked hard to lower the exceedingly high arch on his jumper which placed restraints on his consistency … Needs to become more active on the glass where he averaged under 3 boards as a freshman … Does not battle for position … Needs to find the fire and desire to compete on defense when his energy level is too low.

Adam Ganeles 11/4/09

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