Copeland: "The Interest Is Pretty High"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Isaac Copeland had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Miller School in their opening round defeat in the Holiday Invitational. Copeland, a NC State 2014 target, met with the media following the loss.

Isaac Copeland Interview

When did you grow to this size?
Sophomore year was pretty much my biggest growth spurt, when I went from 6-feet to 6-6.

Are you used to your height or still feel like you're getting used to it?
I'm more used to it now, I just have to add strength, that's the main key now. Back then it was very tough, growing with bigger feet, being clumsy. I'm still working out some of those kinks.

What are the key points you think you need to refine moving forward?
Definitely getting stronger, quicker and better with my ball handling.

Do you find it difficult having to guard 6-foot guards? Is that a challenge for you?
It's a challenge, but I definitely think I can handle it. I just need to learn how to score against guys that are smaller than me because maybe I'll settle for jumpshots instead of taking them to into the post and things like that.

What areas have you improved the most?
Playing throughout the entire game, trying to get to the next play... it's a long 32-minute game.

How different is it trying to deal with guys... you have a lot of mismatches.
On defense having to guard quicker guys is a big adjustment, and then you never know who is going to guard me on offense.

Roy Williams and Mark Gottfried were both here today, what has your communication been like with them and how hard are they recruiting you?
I take visits to both and I talk to assistants from both schools often. The interest is pretty high. They recruit me very well, I talk to them every week.

As a Raleigh native, are you looking to go to school around here or is that not really a factor?
It's not really a factor right now.

Do you have any visits scheduled?
Nothing is scheduled right now, but I would like to go to Florida State and Georgetown.

Now that you can take official visits starting next month, will those be official visits that you are looking at?
I'm planning on trying to work that out.

Do you have an idea of when you'll like narrow your list down and get closer to a decision?
Definitely after basketball season. I don't want to worry about narrowing the list or committing right now. So, after basketball season.

Have you watched teams to maybe see where would be the best fit?
I've watched a lot of Georgetown, Carolina, State, Duke.... those team's games. I think I fit in very well with all of their systems, even though they may be a little different... I'm just really analyzing those.

Have you see any players that you can see playing a similar role in college?
Either Otto Porter or Greg Whittington... from Georgetown.

Are colleges recruiting you as a wing or combo forward?
Three-four, but it's a little bit of a mixture depending on which school.

Do you have a preference of one or the other?
Not really. I'm just excited to play.

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