Dennis Hopson is a Buckeye Legend. He's the all-time leading scorer in Ohio State basketball history with 2,096 career points. He also holds the single season Ohio State scoring record with 958 points in 1987. Both are records that have now stood for a quarter of a century. Hopson was a two-year Captain for the Buckeyes, roamed the floor at the old St. John Arena for four years, earned All-American status and was voted Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior. He is also the proud owner of a degree from The Ohio State University. Dennis Hopson's famed #32 does not currently hang from the rafters in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
We believe it should.
This is the first of a five-part series documenting the Ohio State career of Mr. Dennis Hopson - and why we should never again see a #32 in Scarlet and Gray.
Gary Williams was about to begin his first season at the helm of the Ohio State's men's basketball program after Eldon Miller's contract wasn't extended following the 1986 season. Seven-footer Brad Sellers was off to the NBA, having just become the ninth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the April draft after two seasons in Columbus. Ohio State's point guard, the floor general of all successful college basketball teams, was a young sophomore named Jay Burson. The Buckeyes were picked to finish 8th of ten teams in a Big Ten conference that was stacked full of talent. But Ohio State had one thing nobody else had - Dennis Hopson.no comments
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The college football season is over and Buckye Nation now looks forward to the beginning of the Urban Meyer Era in 2012. With that being said, not ALL Buckeyes have closed out their season quite yet, as a few remain to play in tonight's late game to decide who will represent the NFC in this year's Super Bowl. Here is the quick rundown:no comments
This morning we awoke on the west coast to news that Joe Paterno had passed away very early this morning. Our deepest condolences go to the Paterno family, the fans of Penn State University and to all those who celebrate college football just as we do here at Buckeye House Call.
He was a legend who did so much good on and off the field. Today is a day for the college football world to celebrate exactly that, and to mourn the loss of a legend.
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Football. Is there a greater sport out there? It is arguably the greatest in the world but yet is only played religiously by the United States. And when you think about football in the United States, what comes to your mind? The NFL? College Football perhaps? Maybe even High School? We should take a closer look...no comments
Sometimes it’s important to sit back and appreciate what you have.
That’s especially true for Buckeyes fans in 2012. By the end of this calendar year, what Urban Meyer is doing will feel like the norm. But it’s not the norm and it never will be.
The recruiting success Meyer and his staff have enjoyed since moving to Columbus two months ago has been jaw dropping. By Ohio State standards, this year’s recruiting class was left for dead in the wake of Jim Tressel’s resignation. In team recruiting rankings on web sites like Scout and Rivals, the Buckeyes remained in the top 25, but not by much. Today, two months after Urban Meyer took over, the Buckeyes were ranked third in the country on Rivals and fourth in the country on Scout.no comments
The Good Guys
It’s pretty simple, when a guard who averages around 12 points per game scores 43, a team shoots 60% collectively, and 61.1% from beyond the arc in a home game, they’re going to win. Ohio State ran into the wrong team on the wrong night. The Illini aren’t labeled "inconsistent" for no reason. In the game we watched, we saw unconscious play by Brandon Paul, a good, motivated Meyers Leonard and players putting in quality minutes for their role. I doubted Illinois and with good reason after they were trounced by UNLV and Purdue and haven’t won a Big Ten game by more than 9 points. Pretty much every team in the nation loses that game. Not many, if any, college teams can overcome a 43 point performance.no comments
On the night of March 3rd, 1987 Ohio State guard Dennis Hopson, playing against Florida International in the old St. John Arena, broke Herb Williams' all time scoring record at The Ohio State University. It was an amazing feat considering the tradition of the program, certainly worthy of the celebration it received that night.
Hopson also had one of the best seasons overall in Buckeye history. He holds the single season scoring record of 958 for an average of 29.1, which ranks third overall in Ohio State history for averages. He holds the record for field goals made in a single season with 338 and is the single season leader in field goals attempted with a staggering 653. He holds the record for most free throws made/attempted at 215/264. In the same year he dished out 120 assists while taking the ball away 71 times and helped his team to one of the best single season steals totals at 281. He is the all time leader in scoring with 2,096 points and a career average of 16.8 and helped his team to the #1 scoring spot with 2,802 points in a season. That record wasn’t broken until the 2007 Oden and Conley team came along. He holds 8 of the top 50 scoring games in Ohio State history and only Gary Bradds has more at 10. He is second to only Jay Burson in career steals at 164. Dennis was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.
A petition has now been created that you can sign if you wish to assist in getting Dennis' #32 put up into the rafters at the Schott. I'm personally baffled that it isn't already.
Dennis is now an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Bowling Green. You can read his coaching profile right here.
I have good reason to support the cause, as you can see from a write-up I did on Dennis back in October 2011 right here on Buckeye House Call. Here's to hoping we can make this happen. Please pass this along to as many friends and Buckeye fans as you can through whichever social media channels you can!
Want see Hop break Herb Williams record? We did too...
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