Before Becoming an NFL Star, DeAndre Hopkins Was a Standout on the Basketball Court

DeAndre Hopkins has had a lot of success during his time in the NFL. Hopkins blossomed into a top receiver and has made many incredible plays during his career. 

Before he started catching touchdowns in the NFL, he was a standout basketball player in high school, and he played briefly in college as well.

DeAndre Hopkins made an immediate impact on the Clemson football team

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Hopkins played football at Clemson from 2010 to 2012. During his first season, he became a top receiver on the team as the season progressed. During the final game of the 2010 regular season, Hopkins put together an impressive performance against South Carolina. He had seven receptions for 124 receiving yards, and a touchdown as Clemson lost 29-7. Hopkins finished his freshman year as Clemson’s leading receiver with 52 receptions for 637 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.

During his sophomore year, he saw his stats improve as he finished the season with 72 receptions for 978 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns. Clemson had two of the top receivers in college football with Hopkins and Sammy Watkins. In his final season at Clemson, Hopkins had a breakout year.

Hopkins finished the 2012 season with 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. His 18 touchdowns set a school-record, and he earned first-team All-ACC honors. Hopkins finished his career with 206 receptions for 3,020 yards and 27 touchdowns. The talented wide receiver left Clemson as one of the best players ever to play in the program.

Taking a look at DeAndre Hopkins NFL career

After an impressive career at Clemson, he was considered one of the top prospects going into the 2013 draft. The Houston Texans selected Hopkins in the first round of the draft, and he became the second wide receiver in franchise history to be drafted in the first round, the first being Andre Johnson. In July of 2013, Hopkins signed a four-year, $7.62 million contract with the team.

He finished with 52 receptions for 802 receiving yards and two touchdowns during his rookie season and was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team. In his second season, Hopkins was the Texans leading receiver, recording 76 receptions for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games. When Andre Johnson left the Texans and joined the Indianapolis Colts in 2015, Hopkins became the top receiver for Houston. 

From 2014 to 2019, Hopkins had one season where he didn’t record over 1,000 receiving yards. During that time, he appeared in four Pro Bowls and made the All-Pro team four times. He established himself as one of the top receivers in the league when he was with the Texans. When he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals, it caught many people by surprise. Through four games with the Cardinals during the 2020 season, Hopkins has 39 receptions for 397 yards and one touchdown. 

DeAndre Hopkins was a talented basketball player

In high school, Hopkins not only had success on the football field; he had it on the court as well. He played shooting and point guard on his high school team and led D.W. Daniel High School to a state championship his senior year. Hopkins finished his basketball career scoring 1,453 points. 

He had the opportunity to play on Clemson’s basketball team for a short stint during his freshman year. Hopkins did not see much time on the basketball court when he was on the team. He played in10 minutes over seven games and did not record a single point. Even though his basketball career at Clemson was short lived, he was still a talented two-sport athlete, but he certainly made the right decision pursuing a football career. 

Stats Courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference