Roy Williams Watches Copeland

Isaac Copeland won't remember Thursday's 73-59 win over St. John's NW Military Academy because of who was on the court. He'll remember it because of who was in the stands.

Several Division I schools, including Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber and UNC head coach Roy Williams, traveled to Waynesboro, Va. to watch Copeland in the Caisson Shootout.

Copeland didn't disappoint, finishing with 14 points, five rebounds and four blocks.

"It was a good game, against a tough opponent," said Copeland. "I played pretty well. I was good on both offense and defense, and able to help out on the boards. I played with a lot of energy and we got the win, so that's all that matters."

In addition to the head coaches from KSU and UNC, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgetown were also in attendance. UNC assistant Hubert Davis accompanied Williams.

Though he certainly noticed the famous faces watching the game, Copeland tried to tune them out.

"At first (when I saw them) I tried not to think about it that much," he explained. "Them being at the game definitely motivated me to play well, and I think I did. After the game, Coach Williams told my coach that he thought I played good."

Motivation has played a key role in Copeland's improved play and the interest he's receiving from colleges. Originally in the class of 2013, Copeland reclassified to 2014 – and transferred to Charlottesville (Va.) The Miller School – after a knee injury forced him to sit out most of his junior year at Ravenscroft (N.C.) Raleigh.

The long road back from injury and desire to play at highest level in college was the impetus for his improvement. Since arriving at The Miller School, he's developed both physically (a self-reported 6-foot-9, 195 pounds) and mentally.

"At first it was pretty tough being here because there isn't much to do," he said. "After a while, I buckled down and just focused more. It's helped me with the mental aspects of the game. I've learned more and I recognize things on the court a lot faster now. I've also been hitting the weight room and getting stronger. It's made me a better player."

In addition to the ones he received over the summer (NC State, Boston College, Virginia, West Virginia, Rutgers, Auburn and Virginia Tech), Copeland has picked up offers from Florida State, Cincinnati, Georgetown and Memphis. He's also receiving interest from Duke and UNC. Of all the schools contacting him, he said he hears most often from Florida State and Georgetown.

Copeland said most of the schools he's hearing from view him as a '3' or a face-up '4.'

"I think I want to play the ‘3' in college," he said. "I play the ‘3' on my high school team and I'm comfortable at that position. But, I don't have a problem with either one. I'm going to have to work hard no matter what position I play."

The North Carolina staff told Copeland they are looking for someone who is "versatile and has a lot of length." Along with Williams and Davis, UNC assistant C.B. McGrath has regular text and phone conversations with Copeland.

"They made it clear that they're not the fastest in offering, but that doesn't mean they aren't interested," he said. "They called Coach (Dwayne) West to let him know that they are very interested. It was good to see Coach Williams at the game, I feel good about the way it's going with Carolina."

Copeland took an unofficial visit to UNC in August. He had planned to make a stop in Chapel Hill while in Raleigh during Thanksgiving break, but the Tar Heels were playing at the Maui Invitational.

"They told me to come by when I'm at home one weekend and they're playing at home," said Copeland "I'm going to try and figure out a way to make one of those games soon."

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