No announcement yet.

Ella Hopkins Verbals to GU for 2023

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Ella Hopkins Verbals to GU for 2023

    "Hopkins is the kind of talent that college coaches covet these days. That is, an excellent 3-pointer shooter for her size and also strong and tall enough to take her game down low.

    Hopkins averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game for Lourdes last season, when it finished 21-9 and reached the state tournament."

    Lourdes' basketball star Hopkins picks Gonzaga - Post Bulletin | Rochester Minnesota news, weather, sports
    "Kids come here to better their own lives, not ours. If you take a player’s failures as a personal affront…. check yourself." - Chick-Stratino'sUrDaddy

  • #2
    Did anybody else notice this in the write-up on Ella?

    "They usually win their West Coast Conference, go to the NCAA Tournament and have a good showing," said Hopkins, who was offered on Sunday as a preferred walk-on with hopes of eventually earning a scholarship.
    I know the Zag Mbb somewhat frequently offers a student or two preferred walk-on status but when was the last time the Lady Zags offered somebody preferred walk-on status?



    • #3
      Good catch ZD…

      If true, the question would be why? Watching her highlight films, she seems like a player that fits. Maybe coming to GU because of mom and dad?
      Is GU saving their scholarships for portal players?
      I guess time will tell.
      October 15th is just a couple of weeks away… chance to see what we have for 22/23.

      Go Zags!!


      • #4
        Zag Mbb use preferred walk-ons as practice players to fill out their squad. The Lady Zags use former male HS basketball players to practice against because they are typically bigger, stronger and faster than the typical female player. Most of the top D-1 lady Wbb teams practice against male players and have been for quite a while.

        Assuming the article wording is correct, my thought is Ella is not good enough (at this time) to offer a scholarship to Gonzaga, but she has some of the qualities that Coach Fortier looks for in her scholarship players (height, 3-point range and good student). Ella gets to go to the school she always dreamed of going to, the one her brother currently attends and the one her parents attended as well as getting to continue her basketball career. GU gets a player who has some height and shooting skills who could develop into a very nice addition to the team.

        It is a win-win for both sides.

        Welcome to Gonzaga Ella.



        • #5
          With McKayla Williams leaving any chance Ella Hopkins gets a scholarship?


          • #6
            Originally posted by Zagcity View Post
            With McKayla Williams leaving any chance Ella Hopkins gets a scholarship?
            NCAA D-1 Wbb teams get a maximum of 15 scholarships per year (not counting the year immediately following the covid year). For most years, this is simply too big a team, so many if not most of the D-1 Wbb teams have unused scholarships every year.

            Gonzaga had 13 players on their roster last year. With McKayla leaving that leaves the Zags with 12 active scholarships. Gianna came over from the soccer team, so I am not sure if her scholarship is from soccer or from basketball, so GU Wbb could have 11-12 active scholarships for next year. With the addition of Utah transfer Naya Ojukwu and incoming scholarship freshman Claire O’Connor it would give GU Wbb 13-14 active scholarship players. So it would appear that 1 or 2 scholarships are available. My guess, If the coaching staff felt that Ella​ was deserving of a scholarship based on her HS experience, they would have given her one when they signed her.

            I would keep the scholarship in my back pocket for a player who could became available in the transfer portal (experienced point guard or tall, physical, power forward/center with more than 1 year of eligibility remaining) who would really benefit GU Wbb. Next year the Lady Zags may lose up to six players, so up to six scholarships would become available after the season. If Ella proves her worth during the season, she may be worth getting one of those scholarships.