Dave Hopla was six months ago in my country Portugal a small basketball tradition country but with a few guys like me that love and play basketball, if you don't know about him let me tell you guys a story about the Legend...
A graduate of Dundalk High School in Dundalk, Maryland, Dave Hopla was a star basketball student-athlete at CCBC Dundalk in the middle 1970s. Dave earned All-NJCAA Region XX and All-Maryland JUCO Conference honors as a shooting guard during the 1976-1977 season. After graduating with an Associate of Arts degree from CCBC in 1977, he went on to play basketball at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska.
After leaving college, Dave played professionally in Great Britain for six years, from 1980 to 1986 and South America and, briefly, to the CBA. Coach Dave Hopla is considered by many to be the top shooter in the world. He regularly knocks down 495 out of 500 shots. Hopla regularly keeps track of all his shots when he practices and lectures. In 2004 he made 98.89%. In 2005 he shot 98.20% by making an unbelievable 35,332 out of 35,979 shots!
During the summer of 2007 Dave attended 31 camps where he shot an unbelievable 99.19%! He knocked down 11,093 out of 11,183 shots. Hopla was 260 for 281 from the 3-point line for a percentage of 92.52%! On three occasions he was perfect from the field during his lecture. On June 25th at the University of Maryland he was 263 for 263. On July 28th at the CT Starters camp he was 339 for 339 (20 for 20 from the 3-point line). On August 2nd at UCLA he was 272 for 272 (also 20 for 20 from the 3-point line).
Dave Hopla has worked with many NBA, WNBA, college, high school teams and players. In 2006 Hopla was hired as a shooting consultant for the Toronto Raptors. After joining the Raptors, Toronto increased its team shooting percentage every month, from 44.2% in November 2006 to 47.5% in January 2007. They also increased their 3-point shooting percentage from 30% in November 2006 to 40% in January 2007. In 2007, Dave Hopla was hired by the Washington Wizards as an Assistant Coach for Player Development. His knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm, energy, passion and love of the game are unmatched by anyone. As good as a shooter that Hopla is, he is even a better teacher.
What they’re saying about Dave Hopla
“I never miss an opportunity to work with Dave, he is the best in the business”
“Dave has not only helped me with my shooting but he has helped me with my all around game”
“Dave is not only the best shooter in the universe, he is also the best shooting coach”
-Coach George Karl