Copeland: "It Was Great"

Isaac Copeland isn't the same basketball player he was a couple of years ago and the major reason is a huge growth spurt that has impacted his game.

Isaac Copeland isn't the same basketball player he was a couple of years ago and the major reason is a huge growth spurt that has impacted his game.

"I've grown over eight inches since after my freshman year," said Copeland. "Right now I'm 6'9, almost 6'10, and I missed a lot of last year because of a fractured growth plate.

"It's been a new experience, becoming an inside player instead of being a guard, and I'm still learning... trying to get better."

Copeland had been attending Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft but he recently decided to re-classify to the 2014 class, which led to him transferring to The Miller School, a prep school in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"It wasn't anything against Ravenscroft, but I felt like I needed to re-classify," Copeland said. "I was on track to graduate at 17, and I felt like with me missing most of my junior year and the growth spurt it would be best if I re-classified so I could mature some before heading to college."

Colleges have already started to take notice of Copeland's potential on the hardwood. Now 100% healthy, he has been turning heads with his play on the AAU circuit where he suits up for Garner Road, one of the top teams in the country. Playing alongside high-level recruits such as Isaiah Hicks, Anton Gill, and Tyrone Outlaw Jr., Copeland has also stood out.

"Things have been going real well," he said. "I've been playing well and we're winning games. We have chemistry that I think helps us out a lot.

"Recruiting-wise, I am hearing from teams like Ohio State, NC State, Wake Forest, and Miami, and I already have offers from East Carolina, American, Furman, Buffalo, App. State, UNC Charlotte, and Winthrop. All of those came from me being in the 2013 class, so I think I might get a lot more now that I'm going to be in the 2014 class."

One of the programs heavily pursuing Copeland is NC State. The Wolfpack coaching staff seems to be intrigued with the 6-foot-9, 195-pound power forward and actually hosted him for an unofficial visit on Wednesday.

"It was great," Copeland said of his NC State visit. "I stayed about two or three hours there... it was nice. I met the strength coach and sat down with coach Gottfried. We had a good talk about basketball, watched some film. I had a lot of fun on the visit.

"I'm from Raleigh, so it's a big honor to be recruited by NC State. I always watch them on TV and you wonder how cool it would be to play for a program like that, so it means a lot for them to be recruiting me."

NC State hasn't offered Copeland a scholarship, but the Wolfpack coaches have let him know just how interested they are in him.

"Well, they said they will be watching a lot of my games this summer," he said. "Coach Gottfried and the coaches told me to keep getting stronger and stay aggressive on the court... make sure that when I step out there I play as hard as I can."

Copeland, who grew up a fan of Duke, says that he is currently wide open and looking to work on his game right now.

"If the right offer came along I would definitely consider an early commitment," said Copeland. "But, right now I'm hoping to have a decision made by my senior high school season.

"For right now I just want to get better. I'm working hard to get stronger and play more on the inside."

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