Williams Passing Hopkins; The Man Who Set The Table

Leonard Hopkins was a physical scoring guard who groomed a trio of underclassmen to take the next step and win the Sun Belt Conference title.
Jan. 27, 2015

Jordan Williams is making a charge at the top scorers in school history, and last week the senior moved into 10th place on the career scoring charts and past a North Texas great, Leonard Hopkins.

To honor the monumental accomplishments of Williams, MeanGreenSports.com is taking a look back at Hopkins' stellar career, which helped spawn the massive successes of the North Texas program in the late 2000s.


Like many players of his era, Leonard Hopkins won't go down as the winningest player in North Texas history. In fact, he was a part of just one winning season in a Mean Green uniform. However, no one will doubt the talents of the physical scorer from Dallas, or that he helped groom the next generation of Mean Green standouts to take the next step.

A consensus top 10 recruit in the state out of Lincoln High School, Hopkins spent three years learning from North Texas Hall of Famer Chris Davis - possibly the best true scorer in school history. Davis was the main attraction in Denton at 20.8 points per game in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, but Hopkins was no slouch himself at 11.8 points despite an injury riddled sophomore season.

Hopkins took center stage in 2003-04, and poured it on over the next two seasons. He was named to the Second Team All-Sun Belt as a junior with a scoring average of 14.0 points per game, and was simply unstoppable as a senior. That year, he was once again honored by the SBC after recording the 21st 500 point season in school history, and punished the league with a scoring average of 18.1 per game.

More importantly for the future of the program, Hopkins was the steadying leader that helped the Mean Green reach a .500 record for just the third time in the last decade. A trio of underclassmen on that 2004-05 squad were taking notes on Hopkins' talents and relentless work ethic - Calvin Watson, Quincy Williams and Michael Sturns.


 

 

Those three underclassmen would go on to become three of the four leading scorers on the 2006-07 Sun Belt championship team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament - the program's first tourney bid since 1988.

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