MARION, Ind. — Senior forward Patrick Hopkins, a former Kokomo Wildkat standout, was named the Crossroads League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, for the period ending January 12. The honor is the first this season for Hopkins and the sixth of his career.
Hopkins and the NAIA No. 6-ranked Wildcats went 3-0 last week to improve to 18-2 on the season. During the stretch, Hopkins averaged 21.0 points and 13.7 rebounds with three double-doubles. The senior shot 57.1-percent (28 of 49) from the field.
The Kokomo native finished with 22 points and a season-high 17 rebounds in a 94-76 win on Tuesday at Goshen (Ind.) College and then added 24 points and 13 rebounds in a 58-54 victory on Thursday versus rival Taylor (Ind.) University. Hopkins completed the week with 17 points and 11 rebounds as IWU won 81-65 at No. 21 Bethel (Ind.) on Saturday to pull into a first place tie with the Pilots in the Crossroads League.
Hopkins averages 16.9 points and 10.0 rebounds this season for Indiana Wesleyan. He ranks first in NAIA Division II with 7.7 Defensive Rebounds per Game, fourth in Total Rebounds at 199, and fifth with 10.0 Rebounds per Game.
Indiana Wesleyan returns to action tomorrow as Indiana Wesleyan hosts University of Saint Francis (Ind.) in Luckey Arena. There is a special time for the game tomorrow with a 5 p.m. tip-off due to Summit. The St. Francis assistant coach is former Kokomo Wildkat star Luke Cummings.
(Courtesy of Indiana Wesleyan University)