Providence Friars sophomore forward Bryce Hopkins has announced that he will return to the program for his junior season. Head Coach Ed Cooley left the program to become the next Head Coach for the Georgetown Hoyas. Typically programs that lose their Head Coach have a mass exodus. Hopkins will stay with the program and play for new Head Coach Kim English next season. Last offseason, Hopkins transferred to the Friars after playing his first college basketball season with the Kentucky Wildcats. While it may not happen this offseason, the NCAA has made it clear that two-time transfers will almost always have to sit out a year.
Let’s run it back?? pic.twitter.com/IhHBCTIadA
— Bryce Hopkins (@BryceHopkins) March 31, 2023
This past season as a sophomore for the Providence Friars, Bryce Hopkins averaged 15.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 45.2 percent and a three-point percentage of 36.4 percent. Hopkins was the leading force for the Firars this season and helped get them to the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Kim English will face an uphill battle keeping the Friars as a top Big East program, but the return of Hopkins will make that challenge considerably easier. With his return to the program, the Friars have a program leader that they can focus on building around for next season.