Profile: Dan Hoppen

Dan Hoppen

Story and photo by Sarah Morris, NewsNetNebraska

Shooting hoops and making free throws were a breeze for Dan Hoppen, but only until he had to make one of the biggest decisions of his life.

Hoppen, a 21-year-old senior advertising and news-editorial major, came to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after deciding to leave a basketball scholarship at Hastings College.

It was a tough choice.

Basketball always has been a part of Hoppen’s life. He grew up playing the sport at the YMCA, in middle school and at his high school Millard North in Omaha.

His father, who played basketball in the NBA, also influenced Hoppen to play.

“I look at what he did,” Hoppen said of his father. “I don’t know if I can match that success, but I try.”

While the decision to attend UNL was not easy, especially with his father’s influence and accomplishments, Hoppen knew that UNL had a better journalism program and the big college atmosphere that he was looking for.

Still, he misses the court.

“I want to be out there so bad,” he said. “I have no regrets though. I love the school and the people at UNL.”

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