Dave Hoppen

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Dave Hoppen
Personal information
Born (1964-03-13) March 13, 1964 (age 52)
Omaha, Nebraska
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Omaha Benson
(Omaha, Nebraska)
College Nebraska (1982–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 1987–1993
Position Center
Number 53, 52, 42, 40
Career history
1987 Biklim Rimini (Italy)
1987–1988 Topeka Sizzlers (CBA)
1988 Milwaukee Bucks
1988 Golden State Warriors
19881991 Charlotte Hornets
1991–1992 Philadelphia 76ers
1992–1993 Fargo-Moorhead Fever (CBA)
1993 New Jersey Nets
1993 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

David Dirk "Dave" Hoppen (born March 13, 1964) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and other leagues.

Hoppen attended the University of Nebraska and is the school's all-time leading scorer. He was named All Big Eight by the Associated Press, the Big Eight coaches and the conference players following the 1986 season.

Hoppen, a 6'11" center, was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the third round (pick 18) of the 1986 NBA draft.

High school career[edit]

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Hoppen attended Omaha Benson High School where he was a multi-sport athlete for the "Bunnies."

As a junior, Hoppen led the Bunnies to a 21–4 record, averaging 15.8 points and 13.2 rebounds per game and was named first-team all-state. In the postseason, he led Benson to an exciting Nebraska Class A state finals. In the semifinal, the Bunnies outlasted Lincoln High School 64–62 in double-overtime. This landed the team in the state final, where they lost a hotly-contested game to Creighton Prep, 54–53. Hoppen was named to both the class A and all-class tournament teams.[1] In his senior season, Hoppen was again named first-team all-state after averaging 24.3 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.[2]

The Nebraska high school class of 1982 is generally considered one of the best in state history, as the entire starting five accepted NCAA Division I scholarship offers – Hoppen and Mike Martz to the University of Nebraska, Kerry Trotter to Marquette, Ron Kellogg to Kansas and Bill Jackman became one of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's first recruits (though he later transferred to join Hoppen and Martz with the Cornhuskers). The team was so strong that future NBA player Bart Kofoed was relegated to the second team.[3] On the national AAU circuit, these players formed the nucleus of the "Nebraska Basketball Development Association" team that was strong enough to finish fourth at a Las Vegas tournament.[2] Hoppen's personal legacy as one of the top high school players in state history is shown in his presence on the Omaha World-Herald's 2005 list of the top 100 Nebraska athletes[4] and his 1998 induction into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.[5]

Hoppen was highly recruited, with his finalist list consisting of Nebraska, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. He ultimately narrowed this down to a decision between Nebraska and Notre Dame.[6] Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps focused his recruiting pitch on his ability to help Hoppen become a first round NBA draft choice, but the Omaha center ultimately chose Nebraska as a school where he could help establish a tradition.[4]

College career[edit]

Hoppen arrived at Nebraska in the Fall of 1982. The 6'11" center was a particularly highly anticipated recruit as the Cornhuskers had gone 16–12 the previous season with no starter taller than 6'6.[7][8] He immediately entered the starting lineup for coach Moe Iba's 1982–83 team, averaging 13.9 points and 5 rebounds per game. The Huskers experienced team success with their new inside presence, finishing tied for third in the Big Eight Conference and earning a bid to the 1983 National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Once there, the Huskers defeated Tulane, Iona and TCU to earn a spot in the tournament final four at Madison Square Garden in New York City.[9] However, the team lost their semifinal matchup to Ray Meyer's DePaul team, despite Hoppen scoring 15 points.[10]

Hoppen enjoyed a college rivalry with Creighton center and future NBA player Benoit Benjamin. While McDonald's All-American Benjamin was a much bigger name in national recruiting scene, Hoppen had some of his best games in match-ups against the Omaha school.[11]

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages[12]
Season Team G MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% FT%
1982–83 Nebraska Cornhuskers 32 25.9 13.9 5.0 1.3 0.5 0.6 .524 .748
1983–84 Nebraska Cornhuskers 30 35.3 19.9 6.9 1.3 0.3 0.6 .599 .760
1984–85 Nebraska Cornhuskers 30 38.5 23.5 8.6 1.3 0.8 0.4 .646 .781
1985–86 Nebraska Cornhuskers 19 35.2 22.1 7.7 1.6 0.7 0.6 .616 .803
Totals: 111 33.4 19.5 7.0 1.3 0.6 0.5 .600 .772

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1987–88 Milwaukee 3 0 11.7 .364 .000 1.000 2.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 3.7
1987–88 Golden State 36 8 16.9 .465 .000 .864 4.6 0.8 0.4 0.2 5.9
1988–89 Charlotte 77 36 18.4 .564 .500 .727 5.0 0.7 0.3 0.3 6.5
1989–90 Charlotte 10 2 13.5 .390 .000 .800 3.6 0.6 0.2 0.1 4.0
1990–91 Charlotte 19 0 5.9 .563 .000 .800 1.6 0.2 0.1 0.1 2.3
1990–91 Philadelphia 11 0 3.9 .500 .000 .667 0.8 0.0 0.1 0.0 1.8
1991–92 Philadelphia 11 0 3.6 .286 .000 .500 0.9 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.8
1992–93 New Jersey 2 0 5.0 1.000 .000 .000 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Career 169 46 14.2 .518 .200 .751 3.8 0.6 0.3 0.2 5.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1991 Philadelphia 3 0 3.0 1.000 .000 .000 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills, Bobby (April 23, 2015). "The Nebraska High School Basketball All-State Project - Saluting 1981". McCook Daily Gazette. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Mills, Bobby (June 1, 2015). "The Nebraska High School Basketball All-State Project - Saluting 1982". McCook Daily Gazette. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ Pospisil, Stu (March 16, 1984). "A century of high-fives in state hoops". Omaha.com. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "The Nebraska 100: #78 Dave Hoppen". Omaha.com. March 16, 1984. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Dave Hoppen profile". Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Omaha cage star headed for Kansas". The Salina Journal. December 10, 1981. p. 29. Retrieved September 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ Sporting News 1982–83 College and Pro Basketball Yearbook, pg 96
  8. ^ "Tigers want to keep trophy for fourth year". The Salina Journal. November 14, 1982. p. 17. Retrieved November 17, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "'Huskers dump TCU for place in semis". The Salina Journal. March 25, 1983. p. 12. Retrieved November 17, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "DePaul, Fresno State to clash for NIT crown". The Salina Journal. March 29, 1983. p. 9. Retrieved November 17, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ Gosselin, Rick (March 16, 1984). "Nebraska center Dave Hoppen gets far more attention on...". United Press International. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Dave Hoppen college statistics at sports-reference.com". sports-reference.com. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 

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