April 12, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Phillip "Mac" Hopson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play men's basketball at Washington State in 2006-07, Cougar Head Coach Tony Bennett announced, Wednesday.
Hopson spent his freshman season at North Idaho College where he helped lead the Cardinals to a co-championship in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. It was NIC's first share of a conference title since the SWAC's inception in 1986-87.
A 6-foot-2 guard, Hopson averaged a team-leading 13.7 points, 3.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game while adding 4.4 rebounds per game. In conference play, he tallied 14.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals per outing while earning First Team All-Region 18 accolades.
"Mac is a welcomed addition to our program," Bennett said. "He had an excellent season with NIC. He is a very good student, comes from a wonderful family, and has a burning desire to be at Washington State and compete in the Pac-10. The fact that he in an in-state recruit and has three years of eligibility left excites me all the more."
Hopson lived in Vancouver, Wash., since seventh grade and attended Jefferson High school in Portland, Ore. While at Jefferson, he earned three letters and averaged 16.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a senior.