Reason for Optimism
Hopkins is more than just a name or a warm, body. He is the long ripened product of a very successful NCAA men’s basketball program.
And he has a chip on his shoulder.
Now, moving long distances from coast to coast may not be a seamless transition. The UW Huskies may be challenged in the 2017 to break .500. The current roster of players and prospects may seek other basketball programs in the immediate future.
But Coach Hopkins is a respected name in the NCAA and in the basketball world for good reason. He is a humble man whose accomplishments are headliners. He doesn’t seek fame, merely to be the best and to bring out the best of the players around him.
While he may not have a long run of head coaching experience, there are only a handful of persons who doubt his ability to take it to the next level. He handled the interim head coaching role with Syracuse with flying colors.
In the end, the progression to an NCAA Div I head coaching position sources from two spots: a head coach from a Div II or III program who excels, or an assistant head coach from a successful Div I program. UW has elected the second option. I think it was a good choice.