'Amazing' Visit for Copeland

Three weeks after receiving his first phone call from the UNC coaching staff, Isaac Copeland took an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill on Thursday.

A 6-foot-10, 190-pound forward from Charlottesville (Va.) The Miller School, Copeland improved his stock in the class of 2014 this summer thanks to strong performances with his Garner Road AAU squad.

While Copeland's been on the UNC campus before – his mother is a Carolina graduate – this was his first time interacting with the coaching staff.

"We met with all the coaches," Copeland explained. "We had about a 45-minute discussion with Coach (Roy) Williams. He told me how much I had improved and gotten better since last summer."

During the meeting, Williams explained to Copeland and his parents how UNC's approach to offering scholarships differs from most schools.

"He was telling me to keep working and said whatever I'm doing, keep doing it and take it to another level," Copeland said. "He told me he's one of the slowest people in the country to offer scholarships. He said he does it because he really likes to evaluate and get to know his kids."

Copeland has picked up offers from N.C. State, Boston College, Virginia, West Virginia, Rutgers, Auburn and Virginia Tech. He said UNC's style of offering isn't an issue.

"I think it is fine," he said. "It's a little different because some teams offer in different ways, and faster. Obviously, he's been really successful and it's the way he works, so it doesn't bother me."

Williams also told Copeland he'd be in Charlottesville to watch him work out during the September open evaluation period. After meeting with Williams, Copeland and his parents toured the UNC campus with assistant coaches C.B. McGrath and Hubert Davis.

"I spent three or four hours on campus and got a tour of all the facilities," Copeland said. "I saw the training room, the basketball museum, the academic buildings and the actual court they play on. I got to see all of the history of Carolina basketball."

While in the training room, Copeland saw former Tar Heels – and current NBA players – Tyler Hansbrough and Tyler Zeller working out. Seeing them up close, Copeland said, was an important moment.

"It's crazy seeing how big they really are in person," he said. "I see how much bigger I need to get to play at that level now – that was good for me."

McGrath and Copeland already have a good relationship, but Copeland said he's eager to learn about, and talk more, with Davis.

"He's great," Copeland said. "Him and my mom went to school during some of the same years at Carolina. They were talking a lot during the visit and have a good relationship. He used to be on ESPN and is just a great guy. He knows a lot about basketball and he's pretty cool."

Copeland has been on four unofficial visits this summer – N.C. State, Rutgers, Richmond and UNC. He said he wants to take more in the coming months, but that the UNC visit will be hard to top.

"Everything there is really nice," he said. "I haven't seen a school that nice yet, the whole thing was amazing."

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