Louisville landed a major piece in the 2021 class by getting a commitment from Bryce Hopkins. Hopkins is a 6’6” wing forward at Fenwick High School (IL) and played with Mokan Elite. He announced the news via twitter on Sunday night thanking a long list of people. The commitment comes quickly after he visited Louisville over the weekend. The Cardinals offered him a scholarship back in the end August on a visit.

Over the summer Hopkins developed from not just one of the top players in Illinois, but to one of the best in the nation. California, Creighton, Iowa, Iowa State, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio State, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin all offered Hopkins over the past few months after his breakout summer. As well, Illinois, Northwestern, Xavier, among a few others had all previously offered him. 

The junior is a strong and wide body wing who scores well on all three levels with all his tools. He is a skilled shot creator from the outside who also overpowers defenders to get to the basket off the dribble. For his size, he has great agility and quickness to go along with his strength. 

Hopkins marks the first commitment in Chris Mack’s 2021 recruitment class. Though the Cardinals do have two commitments in their 2020 class in guard D’Andre Davis and forward JJ Traynor. With two years left of high school before he heads down to Louisville, there is no telling how much more Hopkins’ game will rise.