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Dennis Hopson
Position(s) Small Forward/Shooting Guard
Jersey #(s) 4
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Born April 22, 1965 (1965-04-22) (age 44)
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1987–2000
NBA Draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3

Selected by New Jersey Nets

College Ohio State
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     3633
Assists     539
Steals     319
Stats @
Career highlights and awards

Dennis Hopson (born April 22, 1965 in Toledo, Ohio) is a retired American professional basketball player and currently 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 1990's playing basketball overseas before retiring at the close of the decade.


College career

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 the entire NCAA Men's Basketball 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 an impressive 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

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. His last NBA game was in the 1991–92 season.

Overseas career

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 put on a remarkable season 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

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 hardwood court, 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]


  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.'+LINEUP&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2009-09-17.  
  6. ^ Jay P. Mercado (2006-03-19). "PFOODS/CONEY ISLAND PLAYERS THRU THE YEARS!". (Web link). Retrieved on 2009-09-22.
  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.'s+win+streak+snapped&pqatl=google. 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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