Dennis Hopson Originator of the Buckeye Triple-Double
Before Ohio State’s Evan Turner recorded a triple-double in a win over Alcorn State Monday night, only one other player in school history ever accomplished that same feat.
Dennis Hopson recorded the only previous triple-double in Ohio State history on Dec. 4, 1986 against Ohio University during his senior season.
As a Buckeye, Hopson was named the 1987 Big Ten Player of the Year and a second team All-American pick. The Toledo native left Ohio State as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 3,633 points and the all-time steals leader with 319 swipes, a mark that was broken two years later by Jay Burson.
Hopson was selected with the third overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. He was selected ahead of future stars Scottie Pippen, Kevin Johnson, Horace Grant, Kevin Johnson and Reggie Lewis.
Hopson struggled within a miserable Nets franchise that did not win more than 26 games in a season during his three years with the team. He averaged 15.8 points per game during the 1989-90 season, his final with the Nets.
New Jersey traded Hopson to the Chicago Bulls following the 1990 season in exchange for three draft picks. While with the Bulls, Hopson appeared in 61 games were he averaged 11.5 minutes and .5 points per game during the first championship season for Michael Jordan and the Bulls. However Jordan was not too keen on Hopson.
After just two games into the 1991-92 season, the Bulls dealt Hopson to the Sacramento Kings for Bob Hansen and a second round draft pick. Despite averaging 20.5 points for the Kings, Hopson’s NBA career was over in the summer of 1992.
With his NBA career, Hopson took his game overseas and played professionally in Spain, France, the Phillipines, Turkey, Isreal and Venezuela from 1992 to 2000.
Following his playing days, Hopson soon landed in the coaching ranks starting as the head coach of the American Basketball Association’s (ABA) Toledo Royal Knights, however the team folded after just four games. He joined Rollie Massimino’s staff as an assistant coach at Northwood University, a NAIA program in West Palm Beach, Fla. in time for the 2007 season. In 2009, he became an assistant basketball coach at Bowling Green State University.