Mikael Hopkins

RCSI: 86 (2011)
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
Weight: 206 lbs (93 kg)
Position: PF
High School: DeMatha Catholic High School (Maryland)
Hometown: Hyattsville, MD
College: Georgetown
Current Team: Enisey
Win - Loss: 19 - 20


HoopHall Classic Scouting Reports: Elite Prospects (Part Three)

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Joseph Treutlein
Joseph Treutlein
Jan 23, 2011, 07:03 pm
Jonathan Givony

This wasn't the best place to evaluate Georgetown commit Mikael Hopkins (#52 Scout, #79 Rivals, #41 ESPN), as his team was absolutely demolished by Bob Hurley's St. Anthony's squad, seemingly right out of the gate.

Showing long arms, a nice frame but just average athleticism, Hopkins has adequate physical tools for the power forward position.

Offensively, he looks most comfortable playing in the high post, showing the ability to knock down mid-range jumpers and make smooth entry passes. The manner in which he operates looks similar to the way he'll be utilized as at Georgetown, and he indeed shows many of the characteristics we've come to expect from big men in that system.

The most concerning aspect surrounding Hopkins at the moment is the very nonchalant demeanor he shows on the court. He didn't show any type of assertiveness or emotion in the game we saw, allowing himself to get pushed around mercilessly in the paint on defense, and looking especially passive attacking the glass. He doesn't seem to have very much of a post-up game offensively, and does not appear to be a very high level athlete from what we can tell.

Players with Hopkins' size and skill-level are tough to come by, and considering his age, he still has plenty of time to improve on his weaknesses.

2010 HoopHall Classic: Top Prospects

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Joseph Treutlein
Joseph Treutlein
Jan 20, 2010, 01:57 am
Jonathan Givony

A very raw, but fairly intriguing big man who is clearly in the very early stages of development, Mikael Hopkins is definitely someone that catches your eye on first glance. Sporting a terrific (but currently underdeveloped) frame, long arms (and neck) and solid athleticism, Hopkins has all the basic physical tools you would like to see from a young prospect.

He also displays some budding skills on the offensive end, knocking down a couple of mid-range jumpers, showing nice mechanics and touch, and making some intriguing moves with the ball both facing and with his back to the basket. Hopkins has soft hands, nice footwork and has some solid spin moves in his arsenal, even if he's clearly very raw at this stage and isn't immune to getting ahead of himself and turning the ball over. He looks a bit clumsy at times and somewhat passive in others, like many young big men do, but will do enough things over the course of a contest to keep you coming back for more.

Defensively, Hopkins is a presence with his size and length, but needs to get tougher and continue to work on his fundamentals, particularly on the glass. The game moves a little too fast for him at times, but his intangibles look fairly solid on first glance. Outside of that, it's best to just wait and see how he develops over the next few years before drawing any long-term conclusions. With his physical tools and the pedigree of playing at one of the most respected high schools in America, he'll surely have most of the top college coaches in America ready to offer him a scholarship.

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