Win or lose in the NIT round two, the Washington Basketball team is very improved over a year ago. And Huskies Coach Hopkins is just getting started
Coach Hopkins arrived in the nick of time for the Washington Basketball program. Just finishing that 9-22 season, few if any saw much hope for a turnaround the following year The Washington Basketball team has just released former head coach Lorenzo Romar and hired former Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins to begin the grueling rebuilding process. Grueling seems like too nice of a word.
When Coach Hopkins arrived, the Washington Basketball program struggled in the face of adversity. To fans and sportswriters, the team resembled a victim on life support. Recruits decomitted, players struggled with second thoughts.
Hopkins had to recruit a coaching staff. Simultaneously, he had to attempt to keep players and recruits committed to the basketball team. And on top of that, he had to find and somehow recruit players to the team late in the recruiting cycle to fill the holes in the roster. But he had more work to do.
As head coach, he had players to develop and coach up. His scheme, the 2-3 zone, needed defensive skillsets. Players needed confidence to compete. All of that fell upon Coach Hopkins to deliver. And finally, he had to turn his attention to the 2019 team, and recruit even new prospects.