IU basketball recruiting: Hoosiers interested in Louisville decommit Bryce Hopkins

Indiana is trying for a second bite at the apple with a high profile class of 2021 target.

A source tells The Daily Hoosier that the Indiana coaching staff is inquiring about former Louisville commit Bryce Hopkins.

The 6-foot-7 Hopkins announced on Sunday that he has decommitted from Louisville, citing concerns about upcoming sanctions according to a report by 247Sports.

Hopkins is the No. 33 player in the country in the class of 2021 according to the 247Sports Composite.  IU offered Hopkins a scholarship in June of 2019, and he took an unofficial visit to Bloomington last August.  Hopkins committed to Louisville in November.

Although he is commonly listed as a power forward, Hopkins is perhaps best thought of as a combo forward that can play inside and out while impacting the game in multiple ways.

247Sports’ Evan Daniels provides this assessment of Hopkins on his profile page at that recruiting service:

A versatile prospect, Hopkins is best utilized as a face up forward, but he has the skill to play out on the perimeter at the three-spot. Hopkins grew to 6-7 during his junior season and his body has continued to progress. He has an impressive feel for the game, a good skill set and is an aggressive scorer that can score it from all three-levels. Hopkins is particularly effective out of the high post, where he can make plays off the dribble or make the right pinpoint pass. Hopkins is also an active rebounder that gets on the backboard and is capable of grabbing a board and starting the break. On the flip side, Hopkins lacks consistency as a long-range threat, and is just an OK athlete.

Indiana is also pursuing forwards Trey Kaufman and Mason Miller in the 2021 class.  All three players have overlapping talents.

Hopkins broke the Fenwick High School single season scoring record during the 2019-20.  The Oak Park, Illinois product put up 24.1 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the Friars.

Hopkins led Fenwick to the Sectional Finals before the IHSA canceled its state series on March 12.

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