Two weeks after visiting the Louisiana campus, Gulf Coast State College guard Quavius Copeland traveled Friday to Middle Tennessee for an official visit.
Copeland — who has three years of eligibility remaining — claims offers from the Ragin’ Cajuns, Middle Tennessee and Detroit.
“I’ve actually been there several times,” Copeland said Wednesday night of Middle Tennessee. “My brother (2012 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Laron Dendy) played there, so I’m familiar with that coaching staff. He just came back home after playing in Turkey. The fact he played there isn’t going to play a big factor in my decision because I’ve got to do my own thing and what’s best for me.”
The 6-foot-1 Copeland took his first official visit to Louisiana two weeks ago when the Cajuns played Evansville in the CIT quarterfinals.
“It went very well and was a very mellow trip,” he said. “Everybody treated me like I was one of them. I really enjoyed it. I learned they have a never-give-up attitude and treat everybody like family. They play hard for each other and care about winning. I loved the Cajundome, the atmosphere in Lafayette and the coaches and players there. Everybody has the same goal.”
This past season Copeland was All-Panhandle Conference honorable mention and made the league’s All-Freshman team. He averaged 10.4 points and 3.9 assists and hit 33.3 percent of his 3-pointers and 74.1 percent of his free throws. In league play he averaged a team-high 14 points, 3.3 assists and one steal and made 38.8 percent of his 3s and 75 percent of his free throws.
Copeland — an academic qualifier after averaging 24 points and six assists as a post-grad at 22 Feet Academy in South Carolina — describes himself as a smart, aggressive playmaker who loves to operate at a quick pace. In a Jan. 28 win over Tallahassee Community College, he had a career-high 24 points. He had 16 points in a pair of February wins over conference rival Northwest Florida State College — the only losses of the season for the eventual NJCAA Division I national champs.
“They like how I can get to the rack and hit open shots and get into the paint,” Copeland said of the Cajuns coaches. “They’ve got a lot of good players already and want to bring in a guard to help make everybody better and that’s why they invited me there.”
According to Copeland, his current leaders are the Cajuns and Middle Tennessee after being recruited by schools including Indiana State, East Carolina, Loyola Marymount, Loyola (Ill.), Gardner-Webb, Wofford, Jacksonville, Iona, Manhattan, Canisius, Texas State, Cal and Arkansas State. Detroit might also receive a visit.
The earliest Copeland can sign is during the NCAA’s spring signing period, which is April 15 to May 20.
“I might take a visit there (to Detroit), but I’m not going to think about it until after this weekend,” he said. “If I don’t visit there, I’m going to decide between those two (the Cajuns and Middle Tennessee). I really like both of those schools.”
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