Hopkinsville, Ky., standout Scotty Hopson of University Heights Academy was impressed with Kentucky's midnight madness festivities. Hopkins recent visit to Kentucky and the visit he expects on Tuesday are signs that his home state schools are finally getting serious about recruiting him.
"The visit to Kentucky was great," said Hopson, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound small forward. "I liked the people up there a lot.
"Kentucky has offered me and they are recruiting me pretty hard now, but not as hard as some other schools."
Hopson, the No. 10 ranked prospect in the class of 2008, listed Mississippi State, Tennessee, Clemson, Ohio State and Miami as the schools recruiting him the hardest.
He also mentioned Louisville.
"I've also visited Louisville, as well as Tennessee," he said. "Louisville has offered, but they aren't recruiting me the same as those other schools. That might change, though, because Coach Pitino is supposed to come to my practice on Tuesday."
Despite the growing attention from his home state schools, Hopson denies having a favorite school at this point.
"I'm open right now to all the schools," he said. "I'm definitely going to wait and take my time with this. The biggest factor I'm looking at is playing time and being a top option to score on the court."
Scotty Hopson scouting report:
Hopson has the prototypical small forward build and game. He is bouncy around the basket, has a good first step, and can hit the mid-range pull up off the dribble. He can also snatch a rebound and go with the ball or get out on the wing and attack the basket on the break. Still a somewhat raw player who appears to just now be figuring out how good he is, Hopson has a game with a ton of upside.