Mike Hopkins (basketball)

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Mike Hopkins
MIke Hopkins.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Washington
Conference Pac-12
Biographical details
Born Laguna Hills, California
Playing career
1989–1993 Syracuse
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–2015 Syracuse (assistant)
2015–2016 Syracuse (interim HC)
2016–2017 Syracuse (assistant)
2017–present Washington
Head coaching record
Overall 4–5

Mike Hopkins (born c. 1969) is an American former college basketball player and the current head coach for the Washington Huskies basketball team.

The 6-foot-5 Hopkins, from Laguna Hills, California, was a fan favorite during his playing days at Syracuse, known for his all-out hustle and general scrappy play. [1]

High school[edit]

Hopkins was a member of the 1987 California state championship team at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California that also featured future NBA player LeRon Ellis. Hopkins enrolled at Syracuse while Ellis went on to a two-year career at the University of Kentucky. After Kentucky was placed on probation, Hopkins would play an instrumental role in convincing his high school teammate to transfer to Syracuse.[2]

College[edit]

Mike Hopkins College Career
Season G FG% FT% Reb Pts
1989–90 20 .556 .750 1.2 2.9
1990–91 31 .514 .548 1.9 3.3
1991–92 31 .448 .629 3.9 6.5
1992–93 29 .438 .738 3.7 9.2
Totals 111 .462 .670 2.8 5.7

Hopkins played sparingly in his first two seasons at Syracuse before becoming the team's starting shooting guard in his junior year. That year, Hopkins hit the game-winning free throws with three seconds remaining against Connecticut to propel the Orange to the 1992 Big East Championship.[2]

Hopkins was named captain in his senior season and posted a career high of 9.2 points and added 3.7 rebounds per game. He also had a flair for the clutch, heaving a three-quarter court pass to Conrad McRae for a buzzer-beating, game-winning shot against Villanova. In his final game in the Carrier Dome, Hopkins scored a game-high 20 points and tallied six rebounds and five assists in a 78-74 win over Pittsburgh.[2]

Hopkins played 111 games throughout his four-year career spanning from 1989 to 1993. He finished with averages of 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Professional career[edit]

Hopkins spent time in the Continental Basketball Association with Rochester's (Minnesota) Renegades and also in Europe with teams in the Netherlands and Turkey.

Coaching[edit]

Hopkins returned to Syracuse in 1995 and was primarily involved with recruiting and the development of guards. Hopkins played a large role in developing future NBA player Jason Hart and SU standout Allen Griffin. He also been credited for recruiting Gerry McNamara and Billy Edelin.[2]

In May 2007, it was reported that Hopkins was picked to be Jim Boeheim's successor, even though there was no timetable for Boeheim to retire.[3] However, in October, Athletic Director Daryl Gross refuted that story, saying that his quote was taken out of context.[4]

Away from Syracuse, Hopkins was the Court Coach for Team USA in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2010, and 2012.[citation needed]

In March 2010, Hopkins' name surfaced in connection with the head coaching vacancy at Charlotte.[5] Hopkins was reported to be a finalist for the Oregon State University head coaching vacancy in May 2014.[6]

On June 25, 2015, Hopkins was formally named Men's Basketball Head Coach-Designate by Syracuse University.[7]

On March 19, 2017, it was announced that Hopkins has been hired as head basketball coach at the University of Washington.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#11 / 33 Mike Hopkins". orangehoops.org. Archived from the original on 2007-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d [dead link]"Mike Hopkins Profile @ SUathletics". suathletics.com. 
  3. ^ Katz, Andy. "No timetable, but Hopkins will succeed Boeheim". sports.espn.go.com. ESPN.com. 
  4. ^ "AD tells newspapers his comments taken out of context". sports.espn.go.com. ESPN.com. 
  5. ^ [dead link]"Search for new 49ers Coach". charlotteobserver.com. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Letourneau, Connor. "Montana coach Wayne Tinkle, Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins finalists for Oregon State Beavers' head coaching job". oregonlive.com. Oregon Live LLC. 
  7. ^ Quinn, Kevin. "Mike Hopkins Formally Named Men's Basketball Head Coach-Designate". news.syr.edu. 
  8. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (March 19, 2017). "Washington hires Mike Hopkins, Syracuse's coach-in-waiting". USA Today. Retrieved March 19, 2017.