Jim Boeheim

Hop's Hype: Inside Washington's surprising turnaround season

Mike Hopkins is frantically scrolling through the photo album on his phone. Stored deep in the collection of screen shots, aerial images from his many plane trips and family pictures is an image that helps define what he's trying to build in his first season as Washington 's head coach.

It's a picture of a quote. And it has a connection to his favorite band, Pearl Jam.

"When you trust people that you work with and let them have their freedom, that's when the chemistry happens. That's when the real art goes down," Hopkins reads, looking at the photo of a quote attributed to Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament.

Building chemistry. Forming the foundation....