CFA: UNC Interest in Copeland Rising

COLUMBIA, S.C. --- With each passing week, Isaac Copeland is becoming more of a priority for the UNC coaching staff.

UNC's interest in Copeland, a 6-foot-9 junior at Charlottesville (Va.) The Miller School, started after Copeland performed well with the Garner Road AAU team on the summer circuit.

It's been steadily building since, with an unofficial visit in August that Copeland called "amazing," as well as regular contact with assistants C.B. McGrath and Hubert Davis.

Now, Roy Williams is on the case.

For the second time in a month, the UNC head coach watched Copeland, this time at the Chick-Fil-A Classic.

Copeland fared well in front of Williams, scoring 24 points and filling the box score with nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals. He followed that up with a 13-point, nine-rebound performance on Friday afternoon.

"It's really cool, I try not to think about it as much (when they are watching me) I just try to focus on the game and help my team win," Copeland said. "That's definitely a big motivational thing (to see them).

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin and N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried also were in attendance. Both schools have offered Copeland.

"(I'm hearing from) Florida State, Georgetown, UNC, Duke and also Kansas State," said Copeland. "I have the best relationships with their coaching staffs and I had great visits there."

Copeland said he is "definitely" interested in the Tar Heels.

"I grew up watching them… I grew up a Duke fan so I always have watched Duke against North Carolina," he said. "My mom went to UNC, my visit was great and I liked everything about it."

Copeland said he rarely misses a game of the schools who are recruiting him the hardest, and tries to see how he'll fit in.

"When I watch UNC, I watch what Reggie Bullock does and what James Michael McAdoo does just in case I end up inside," he said. "They're two of my favorite people on the team. I like how fast they play. I missed the Texas game, but saw the East Carolina game."

Versatility, according to Copeland, is what school's like the most about him. His ability to play and score from the wing, coupled with his athleticism and height, make coaches believe he'll be a significant mismatch when enrolls in college in 18 months.

"They like my ability to go inside and out, and just my energy I play with," he said. "I like to play up-tempo, do things on the outside and inside, and whatever I have to do to help my team win. Definitely (the areas I can improve on are) getting stronger, my ball handling, and getting quicker."

After the basketball season, Copeland plans to sit down with his family and make a more a definitive list. He doesn't have plans to take official visits and hasn't discussed it with the UNC staff, but might drop by UNC and N.C. State while at home in Raleigh over Christmas for unofficial visits.

The 2014 prospect holds offers from N.C. State, Florida State, Georgetown, West Virginia, Boston College and Virginia.

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