(Source: BG Sports Information)
The Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame panel has announced that Bowling Green State University men's basketball assistant coach Dennis Hopson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. Hopson joins 14 other selections for the upcoming class.
"It is such an honor to be a part of this elite group," Hopson said. "Without the help of all the great people in my life, none of this would be possible. My commitment, dedication and love for the game has paid off and I really appreciate all the people who have recognized my efforts and work."
Beginning his fifth year as an assistant coach at BGSU, Hopson was a standout player at E. L. Bowsher High School in Toledo before going on to Ohio State. At OSU, Hopson was Big Ten Conference Player of the Year in 1987 and finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in program history.
Hopson was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft, playing three seasons with the team that drafted him, the New Jersey Nets. He averaged 15.8 points per game in the 1989-90 season and was then traded to the Chicago Bulls, where he was a member of the 1991 NBA Champions. He was traded to Sacramento in the 1991-92 season and played 69 games with the Kings before the end of his NBA career. He went on to play seven years overseas before retiring in 1999.
Following the completion of his playing career, Hopson was an assistant coach with the Rockford Lightning and the Sioux Falls Sky Force in the CBA. He served as an NBA Scout for the Philadelphia 76ers from 2003-04 and held an internship as a varsity basketball assistant at Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio from 2005-06. He was then an assistant coach at Eastmoor Academy High School in Columbus for the 2006-07 season before moving on to an assistant coaching position at Northwood University in Florida under legendary coach Rollie Massimino.
Hopson has also been inducted into the Ohio State's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame, the Bowsher High School Hall of Fame and the City of Toledo Hall of Fame.
Eight former players, five coaches, an official and a pioneer for women's college athletics will have their names added to the distinguished group of honorees in the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.
Former players Dean Chance, Helen Darling, Henry Finkel, Hopson, D'Artis Jones, Campy Russell, Georgia Schweitzer Beasley and Nick Weatherspoon will join college administrator Helen Ludwig, and coaches Brian Agler, Vince Chickerella, Walter Harrop, Ed Jucker and Jerry Scheve as individuals to be honored.
The two teams entering the prestigious Hall of Fame are Wright State University's 1983 NCAA Men's Division II national champions and the Wilmington College women's team that won the 2004 NCAA Division III national title.
Joe Pangrazio, the 2014 officiating honoree, was selected by his fellow officials.
All other selections are made by a panel of Ohio College All-Americans, NBA Hall of Fame players, Ohio high school and college coaches, and the OBHOF board of directors.