Georgetown Basketball History: The Top 100
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75. Ed Hopkins
AB 1978
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
High School: Edmundson
Position: Center
Height: 6-9
Weight: 225
Years on Team: 1974-78
Highlights:
Career Rebounds, #11
Career FG% , #11
Career Rebound Average, #20


Despite its proximity to the Hilltop, Baltimore is not Georgetown territory, so when two of Bob Wade's Dunbar HS stars enrolled at Georgetown in the early 1980's, it was big news. Almost ten years earlier, Wade sent a young center from Edmundson HS named Ed Hopkins to the Hilltop, who quickly became one of its unsung heroes of the mid 1970's.

A center in high school, Hopkins spent his first two years at power forward, with Merlin Wilson in the pivot. Hopkins started every game his freshman year, shooting 49% from the field and averaging 9.8 points and 8.1 rebounds a game. As a second rebounding option alongside Wilson, Hopkins helped drive the Hoyas into the ECAC playoffs. Hopkins was a key factor in the 1975 ECAC final, not for his shooting (a career low 4 for 16), but for his 12 rebounds in the game, including the final rebound that led Derrick Jackson to the game winner.

Hopkins suffered a serious knee injury that demanded surgery in the summer of 1975, and much of his sophomore year was hampered by its recovery. His averages dipped by about half, but Hopkins still played in 26 of 28 games. By 1976-77, Merlin Wilson had graduated and Hopkins moved into the pivot, seeing his averages grow to 10.2 points and 8.4 rebounds a game, averaging a team leading 57 percent from the field. Though not the leading scorer, his defensive presence was vital--Hopkins' ankle injury prior to the 1977 ECAC playoffs was felt acutely by the Hoyas, who lost by 22 to Old Dominion.

For 1977-78, Hopkins continued to contribute on both sides of the floor. The return of Craig Shelton from injury and a pivot rotation with Tom Scates limited some of Hopkins' rebounding, but he still managed some big games for the 1978 NIT semifinalists, including 29 points against North Carolina Central and a career high 16 rebounds against Detroit. Hopkins was selected by the Washington Bullets in the 7th round of the 1978 NBA draft, but did not make the team.

The injury plagued 1975-76 season likely cost Ed Hopkins a 1000 point career and perhaps a 900 rebound career as well. Nonetheless, his shooting and rebound numbers still compare favorably with the best of his generation.


Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

1974-75 28 111 227 48.8 48 65 73.8 229 22 274 9.7
1975-76 26 39 80 48.8 27 41 65.8 92 12 105 4.0
1976-77 27 108 190 56.8 65 91 71.4 226 20 278 10.2
1977-78 31 110 182 60.4 52 73 71.2 178 74 27 19 21 272 8.8
Totals 112 368 679 54.2 192 270 71.1 725 74 929 8.3
 
Top 25 Career Rankings By Statistic

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

Total

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Game Records Game High Game Low
Minutes Played 40 (2/6/78) Not Recorded
Points 29 (1/3/78) Not Recorded
Field Goals Made 13 (1/3/78) Not Recorded
Field Goals Attempted 16 (2 games) Not Recorded
3 Point FG Not Applicable Not Applicable
3 Point FG Attempted Not Applicable Not Applicable
Free Throws Made Not Recorded* Not Recorded
Free Throws Attempted Not Recorded* Not Recorded
Offensive Rebounds Not Applicable Not Applicable
Total Rebounds 15 (2/11/78) Not Recorded
Assists Not Recorded* Not Recorded
Turnovers Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
Blocked Shots Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
Steals 3 (three games) Not Recorded*
* Individual game totals for these statistics not reflected in box scores.

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