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Bryce Hopkins decommits from Louisville basketball

The Chicago star had been the highest-ranked player in U of L’s 2021 class.

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Bryce Hopkins, the highest-ranked prospect in Chris Mack’s recruiting class of 2021, has decommitted from Louisville. The star forward out of Chicago Fenwick High School cited the uncertainty currently surrounding the Cardinal program as the primary reason why he’ll be looking elsewhere.

“I opened up my recruitment because there were a lot of uncertainties on what is going on with the sanctions,” Hopkins told 247Sports. “They also keep appealing (the sanctions) which is only making it harder on me.”

Hopkins committed to Louisville back in November of 2019, and following a sensational junior season, rose in 247 Sports’ rankings from No. 64 to No. 33. His decommitment leaves U of L with three players in its 2021 class — top-ranked JuCo star El Ellis, four-star point guard Bobby Pettiford Jr. out of Creedmoor, N.C., and four-star Raleigh forward Eric van der Heijden.

The chatter that this was more likely to happen than not had been around for several weeks now, but actually seeing the rumor come to fruition still stings. That said, it’s impossible to blame Hopkins for coming to this conclusion, and I wish him the best of luck moving forward.