This time next week Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will have traded in his helmet and pads for a pair of shorts and sneakers. After the Tigers wrap up the Meineke Car Care Bowl Friday Hopkins will join the basketball team. Hopkins told reporters Monday that he is excited about the opportunity to play basketball, but right now his focus remains on football.
Hopkins was one of the top high school basketball players in the state last year. He led D.W. Daniel High School to a state title last season. He opted to play football in college because he thought it was his best sport long term.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said he supported the decision because he knows Hopkins wants to play and he knows hoops coach Brad Brownell is dealing with a depleted roster in his first season. Swinney said if Hopkins isn’t contributing on the hardwood he will encourage him to focus solely on football.
Hopkins set freshman record for catches (43)and touchdowns (four)this season. He has over 500 yards receiving this season.