Hopson will play the same amount of minutes at UT no matter what he does in practice, or how hard he exerts himself on defense.
Have you heard scouting reports of this kid in high school? Perhaps one of the most disinterested players on the defensive end that many have ever seen.
UK is lucky to not have a bum like Hopson on their squad.
Hell no, I would have loved for Hopson to come to UK. If he was willing to put the work in, it would have been truly something to see what kind of player Gillispie would have turned him into. He will not reach his full potential at UT.
So, would you say Lofton would have been a better player if he had played for BG instead of Pearl?
That is the biggest contrast on-court between Gillispie and OTS: Player Development.
Joe Crawford is my ultimate example.
The way he grew over the past year, when he did relatively little growing over the previous three, is one of the most miraculous turnarounds I have ever witnessed. He went from a negative defensive presence to a player who took pride in being able to play sticky on-man defense.
Did Lofton have the same growth potential as Crawford? Highly unlikely. However, was he any better at playing defense when he graduated than when he arrived on campus? If so, not by much.
Hell, Look at Perry Stevenson. Asides from his Stick Man body, he looked and played like a COMPLETELY different player.
At this point in time, if I had to rate BCG's strongest asset, it would be his--and his staff's--player development philosophy/ability.