Dennis Hopson

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Dennis Hopson
Personal information
Born (1965-04-22) April 22, 1965 (age 51)
Toledo, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school E.L. Bowsher (Toledo, Ohio)
College Ohio State (1983–1987)
NBA draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career 1987–2000
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Number 23, 2, 20
Career history
As player:
19871990 New Jersey Nets
19901991 Chicago Bulls
1991–1992 Sacramento Kings
1992–1994 Natwest Zaragoza
1994–1995 Cholet Cedex Basket
1995–1996 Le Mans
1996 Purefoods Carne Norte
1996–1997 Galatasaray
1997 Hapoel Eilat
1997–1998 Maccabi Rishon LeZion
1998–1999 Maccabi Giv'at Shmuel
1999 Gaiteros del Zulia
1999–2000 Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin
2000 Maccabi Giv'at Shmuel
As coach:
2007–2009 Northwood University (asst.)
2009–2014 Bowling Green (asst.)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,633
Assists 539
Steals 319
Stats at

Dennis Hopson (born April 22, 1965) is a retired American professional basketball player and until the end of the 2013-14 season was an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University. A prolific scorer while playing at Ohio State University, Hopson's stellar shooting skills placed him in second for the NCAA Men's Basketball Division I scoring title during the 1986–87 season [1] and eventually in first on Ohio State's all-time men's basketball career points record.[2] The All-American and 1987 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year was selected as the third overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets, playing a total of five seasons in the league. Hopson spent the majority of the 1990s playing basketball overseas before retiring at the close of the decade.

College career[edit]

A six-foot five-inch (1.96 m) shooting guard and small forward, Dennis Hopson was a standout at Toledo's Bowsher High School [3] before enrolling at Ohio State University. He began his collegiate basketball career with the Ohio State Buckeyes on a quiet note, averaging 5.3 points per game as a freshman and 9.8 points per game during his sophomore campaign.[1] Hopson began to blossom during his junior year when he more than doubled his scoring average to 20.9 points per game.[1][3] The star Buckeye swingman entered a new phase in his game when the school installed Gary Williams as their new head coach in 1986. Williams implemented a quicker offensive tempo that complimented Hopson's preference for a running game, which subsequently allowed Hopson to further increase his production on offense.[3] Hopson's gifted jump shot [3] and extraordinary scoring abilities placed him as the second leading scorer in Division I during the 1986–87 season [1] and earned him the 1987 Big Ten Player of the Year award. He was also considered an all-around athlete as a senior:[1] His point guard-like passing touch helped him record 3.6 assists per game (second best on the team) [3] and despite his size Hopson nonetheless lead the Buckeyes in rebounds,[3] averaging 8.2 rebounds per game during his final season.[1] He completed his tenure at Ohio State with All-American honors and became the school's all-time leader in points [2] and steals [1] (Jay Burson would later break the school's steals record in 1989).

NBA career[edit]

Hopson was made the third overall selection in the 1987 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. New Jersey's performance wilted earlier in the season when its formerly solid backcourt became plagued with injuries and contract disputes.[1] Looking to re-establish a stable backcourt for the upcoming 1987–88 season, the Nets selected Dennis Hopson along with five other guards in the 1987 draft.[1] Hopson was unable to live up to the organization's expectations after three seasons in New Jersey, even though he led the team in points in 1989–90.[4] He also played briefly for the Chicago Bulls and the Sacramento Kings, winning a championship with the Bulls in 1990–91 even though he had very little playing time in either the 2nd half of the season or the playoffs. His last NBA game was in the 1991–92 season.

Overseas career[edit]

Hopson ventured overseas after departing from the NBA in 1992, stopping first in the Spanish League of Basketball before heading north to France two years later.[5] Hopson went from crossing countries to crossing continents when he joined the Philippine Basketball Association in 1996, though his stay in the league was cut short by an injury.[6] He resurfaced later in the year with the Turkish Basketball League's Galatasaray club roster for the 1996–97 season and departed mid-season to sign with the Hapoel Eilat basketball club of the Israeli Basketball Super League.[7] The following season Hopson reunited with former college teammate Brad Sellers as members of Israel's Maccabi Rishon Lezion basketball club.[8] Hopson played well with LeZion that season and was considered one of the league's top players.[9] The seasoned globetrotter was called up to briefly play for the Venezuelan Professional Basketball League's Gaiteros del Zulia club in 1999 [10] and retired a year later, playing out the remainder of his professional career for Maccabi Giv'at Shmuel and Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin back in Israel.

Coaching career[edit]

Hopson retired from basketball in 2000 and returned to his homestate to run a trucking and recruiting company in Columbus, Ohio.[11] However it wasn't long before Hopson returned to the game, assuming the duties as head coach of the ABA's Toledo Royal Knights until the team folded in December 2006. Several years later he resettled in Florida to accept an assistant coaching position at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he served under head coach Rollie Massimino.[2] In September 2009, he became an assistant basketball coach at Bowling Green State University.[12] He was let go when Louis Orr was not retained as head coach in 2014. In 2014, Hopson received the head coaching job at Bedford High School in Temperance, Michigan and resigned after one season.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Johnson, Roy S. (1987-06-23). "JACKSON A KNICK; NETS PICK HOPSON; BIG PLANS FOR OHIO STAR". New York Times. p. A25. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  2. ^ a b c Emmons, Donald (2007-07-17). "Hopson, Wood get chances in Florida". The Blade. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Torry, Jack (1987-02-09). "OHIO STATE'S HOPSON DAZZLING AND DRAWING NOTICE". New York Times. p. C3. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  4. ^ Brown, Clifton (1990-06-27). "Nets Continue to Deal, Trading Hopson to Bulls". New York Times. p. A20. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  5. ^ Smith, Sam (1995-11-26). "HURLEY ABOUT TO BE REPLACED IN KINGS' LINEUP". Chicago Tribune. p. Sports-3. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  6. ^ Jay P. Mercado (2006-03-19). "PFOODS/CONEY ISLAND PLAYERS THRU THE YEARS!". Retrieved 2009-09-22. [dead link]
  7. ^ Groner, Eli (1997-01-13). "Hapoel Eilat enjoys net Gaines". The Jerusalem Post. p. Sports-10. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  8. ^ Groner, Eli (1997-09-11). "1997-1998 Basketball Season Preview". The Jerusalem Post. p. Sports-14. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  9. ^ Groner, Eli (1997-10-27). "Maccabi TA's win streak snapped". The Jerusalem Post. p. Sports-17. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  10. ^ "The Pro Exposure Transaction Archive". Pro Exposure Network. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  11. ^ Smith, Sam (2001-06-04). "The start of a Bull run Game 1 defeat in 1991 Finals begins title drive". Chicago Tribune. p. Sports-10. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  12. ^ Dennis Hopson Named Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

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