Sunday, March 10, 2013
ESPN 60 PF commits to Georgetown
By Dave Telep
Georgetown put in the work and was rewarded for its efforts on Sunday when ESPN 60 power forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./The Miller School) committed to the Hoyas.
The 6-foot-9 Copeland, who is ranked No. 37 overall and No. 6 among power forwards in the Class of 2014, visited Georgetown on Saturday and immediately knew what he wanted to do. In passing on offers from NC State and Florida State -- plus interest from Duke, North Carolina and Virginia -- Copeland went with the team that put in the most time recruiting him.
ESPN 60 power forward Isaac Copeland committed to Georgetown over offers from the likes of NC State and Florida State.
He is the Hoyas' first commitment in the 2014 class.
“They stayed in constant contact,” Copeland said. “I talked to coach (Kenya) Hunter two to three times a week. I got to know coach (John Thompson III) and the relationship really grew.”
Copeland began his high school career at Ravenscroft in Raleigh before transferring out of state to The Miller School (Va.), where the late bloomer averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per game this season. He was named the conference player of the year.
“He’s a 6-9, skilled three-four, and that fits what Georgetown does,” Miller School coach Scott Willard said. “Systematically it’s a great fit.”
Copeland is an interesting story. This young man went from prospect to player last summer after recovering from an injury. A lightly recruited forward with low- to mid-level aspirations in the winter of 2012, Copeland has evolved into an upper-tier 2014 recruit ranked No. 37 in his class.
“It’s really crazy,” Copeland said. “I never would have thought this would happen. I don’t even know what happened.”
What happened was that Copeland changed his mindset, went to work and his game grew into his frame. At 6-9, Copeland is a stretch four-man who exploded last summer and still has room to grow. Georgetown landed a match for its style of play and a guy who has excelled on the court and in the classroom.
“Frankly, (the Hoyas) have attended more practices and games than anyone,” Willard said. “They put their work in. It’s a couple hour trip to get here, and they’ve worked the hardest. This was his second visit up there.”