Copeland impresses, talks recruiting

Three big time programs are showing Isaac Copeland major interest on the recruiting trail with another trio beginning to pick things up.

Four-star forward Isaac Copeland really showed off his impressive skill set at the Presidential Hoopfest. The 6-foot-8 product of Charlottesville (Va.) Miller School was dynamic, and showed why he is becoming one of the most heavily recruited prospects in his region.

For Copeland this is the first time he has been asked to lead during the high school season, and he thinks overall it has gone well.

"I think I have been doing pretty good and embracing the role of being the leader and the main guy on the team," said Copeland. "It is something new for me. I am just really enjoying the year so far."

Recruiting wise a trio of schools are showing him the most interest with another three hanging around and continuing to stay in the mix.

"The main ones have been Georgetown, Florida State, North Carolina State, Indiana is showing some interest, and so are North Carolina and Duke," said Copeland.

Georgetown made sure to let Copeland know he was a priority by dispatching John Thompson III to watch him play over the weekend. Copeland says the Hoyas are high on his list right now.

"I really like Georgetown a lot," Copeland explained. "The entire coaching staff is great and I took a visit there for midnight madness and loved it. I am very interested in them."

Also the NC State Wolfpack continue to work very diligently with Copeland, and he made a recent visit to the school.

"I have a very strong relationship with them," said Copeland of the Wolfpack. "I took a visit for their game against Carolina and also I visited twice over the summer as well."

He continued about NC State, "It was a great atmosphere. I have never been to a game like that before."

At this point neither North Carolina nor Duke has offered Copeland a scholarship, but he says they are both staying in touch to some degree.

About the Tar Heels, Copeland said, "I haven't talked to them in a couple of weeks. We don't have as much contact right now, but earlier they were just telling me to be ready and keep doing what I am doing."

Duke has been staying in touch with Copeland's parents, and will continue to evaluate him this spring and summer.

"They mainly talk to my dad and tell me to embrace being the man on the team and all of the mental aspects of the game," he said of the Blue Devils.

For now Copeland has no specific timeframe for when he wants to make a decision, but he does know what factors are important in a school.

"I am looking for great academics, a coaching staff I am comfortable with, and a good basketball atmosphere," said Copeland.

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