Georgetown’s Mikael Hopkins gets top play nod for block against Providence (Video)

Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins goes to the basket against Providence forward LaDontae Henton. (Nick Wass/AP) Georgetown’s Mikael Hopkins goes to the basket against Providence forward LaDontae Henton. (Nick Wass/AP)

Georgetown junior and former DeMatha standout Mikael Hopkins has emerged as one of the top shot blockers in the Big East this season, and his 1.7 blocks per game is third in the conference and leads the Hoyas.

Hopkins, a 2011 All-Met honorable mention selection, has improved his scoring to 6.8 points per game, but his defensive work has helped the Hoyas remain in the mix in a tight Big East race. Georgetown (15-9, 6-6) has won four straight and is tied for fourth in the conference with Providence.

Monday, in the Hoyas’ 83-71 win against Providence, Hopkins posted eight points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. But no play was more impressive than his block late in the first half.

With Georgetown ahead 29-26 and 2 minutes, 23 seconds remaining in the first half, Providence guard Josh Fortune decided not to use a pick set to his left and made a strong right-handed move to the basket.

The lane appeared to be open, but Hopkins reacted on the backside and blocked Fortune’s dunk attempt with his left hand. He then made the heady play to keep the ball in bounds and gain possession for the Hoyas. ESPN gave the stellar block the third spot in the SportsCenter top 10, and it was featured on Fox Sports Live as a nominee for the top play of the night.

Here’s the visual, courtesy of Fox Sports. It’s the first highlight of the clip.



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