Bryce Hopkins thought he was done with the constant phone calls, the recruiting pitches and the visits to schools around the country. He thought, in November of his junior year of high school, that he had pledged his college career to Louisville.
But then the rumors started coming through, heavier and heavier, that Louisville could face sanctions amid the FBI investigation into improper benefits at schools around the country. Last week, Hopkins — a four-star who’s listed as a power forward but whose game extends beyond the boundaries of a single position, according to coaches — finally had enough, announcing his decommitment from Louisville.
Back at home, in Oak Park, Ill., Hopkins’ phone began ringing again.