While still on a visit to Siena with his mother, Marcus Hopper, a recent graduate of Holy Cross High School (Flushing, N.Y.), informed NYCHoops.net that he had just committed to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school.
The 6-foot-9 ½, 240-pound big man had been very high on Siena, naming it his top choice among a list of other collegiate programs last month.
“The group of guys that they have – they’re like family,” said Hopper via telephone this afternoon. “They push each other to work harder. It’s just a winning program.”
Hopper, who was on his way back from the visit at the time of the interview, said that he enjoyed Siena’s campus and felt “everything was right with the program.”
“Everybody on the campus and even around the school is nice and friendly, which is something I can get very accustomed to,” Hopper mentioned. “The campus is very serene, quiet, nice scenery – very cool.”
Hopper, who has shown much improvement in his skill-set during scholastic and non-scholastic games this past season, wanted to be a part of the ongoing success of Siena. Hopper, who plays AAU basketball with Raising Champions (N.Y.), said that even his head coach J.R. Rodriguez advised him that it was a great fit for him because of this winning tradition.
“I can post up, I can shoot, I can play the four and five,” said Hopper of how he will be woven into the Saints’ program.
Hopper chose Siena over Marist, Hartford, New Hampshire, Mississippi Valley State and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) – collegiate programs that were on his final list before ending the recruiting process.