Conti & Hopper: Nominated for McDonalds All-American Game

Raising Champions and High School teammates Evan Conti and Marcus Hopper were 22 out 66 players from New York Metropolitan Area that were nomintaed for the 2011 Boys McDonalds All-American game. They’re both having a great season thus far and look to continue their stellar play straight into the playoffs.

Evan Conti, a 6’3” versatile wing player and Marcus Hopper, the 6’9” post-player for Holy Cross are being relied on to bring the winning-charisma back to Flushing, Queens. The expectations from last year’s squad are enormously higher for this year. “We are a much more experienced team [than last year],” says Conti.

Hopper is setting his eyes on the grand-prize. “As a team we will gradually get better and when we do, [we will] surprise everybody in our league and win the city championship,” says the mobile big man. 

Cross returns numerous members from a year past which will play big dividends in the long run.

Even at 6’3” Conti can play multiple positions on the floor and has an extremely high-motor. His game has steadily developed over the course of the summer. Conti came into the season with high-hopes for himself . “[A] a double-double is what I expect every game.”  For the most part he’s made good on that.

Hopper’s aggressiveness has been an important factor for HC this year. Similar to Conti, Hopper believes his game has taken great-strides since his junior year and  over the summer while playing on the AAU Circuit, and beginning to be a great asset for coach Gilvary this season. Averaging a double-double in points and rebounds is fully-capable of the senior, and he feels there is no reason why that task can not be completed. He has the size,  touch around the basketball and the ability to step out and consistenly hit the 3 point shot – highlighted by a smooth left-handed hook shot – that should make him the big man in city. But the consistent aggression in the paint hasn’t always been there. “It gives me a lot of confidence,” Hopper said. “I just want to get rebounds first and play defense. But when I’m getting the ball it just gives me even more confidence that I can help the team.”

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