Belmont is tradition to Nick Hopkins.
Growing up in Fayetteville, Tennessee, the new Bruin always knew of Belmont and respected its basketball program.
The day Belmont started recruiting Hopkins, he thought, “this is it.”
Hopkins is the only freshman recruit this year and has been welcomed with open arms.
“The team is a brotherhood. The other guys really take care of me like a little brother,” said Hopkins.
In addition to forging close friendships, Hopkins’ teammates have helped him see the game differently, improve his basketball IQ and diversify his skills.
“It’s amazing being on the court alongside players like Evan Bradds. I’m learning how to feed him shots, facilitate and pass and play defense,” said Hopkins.
As he transitions to playing basketball at the college level, Hopkins has been taking in Rick Byrd’s legendary coaching skills.
“It’s an honor to work with Rick Byrd. He knows so much about the game,” said Hopkins.
The new Bruin is also thrilled to be a part of a Division I school that has gone to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament seven times in the last ten years.
“It’s a blessing. I want to keep it going. I want to go all the way,” said Hopkins.
He hopes to win the conference tournament and earn a spot in the NCAA tournament every year while he is at Belmont, Hopkins said.
The new Bruin is excited to get the season rolling with a game against Vanderbilt.
“It’s going to be a big, big season,” said Hopkins.
This article was written by Erin Sanislo. Photo courtesy of Belmont Athletics.