Copeland Still On The Board

Mike Copeland is still playing the waiting game.

The Reynolds High (N.C.) unsigned 6-foot-8, 230-pound senior forward took another crack at the standardized test this past weekend, which will likely determine whether he gets a chance to play for North Carolina.

"I'm real confident," Copeland said. "I thought I did well."

Copeland, who averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocks per game this past season, still needs to achieve a qualifying test score and also pull up his GPA in order to be eligible to play at a college this fall.

Copeland said that Utah, East Carolina, VCU, LaSalle and most recently, Georgia and South Carolina, comprise his list – but if he qualifies, it won't take long for him to make up his mind where he'll end up.

"No question – North Carolina," Copeland said. "That's my dream. Since I was a little kid, I've been a Tar Heels fan."

Copeland moved to Winston-Salem from Mobile, Ala., after his sophomore season and he feels that's one of the reasons he hasn't gotten respect nationally.

"I feel I'm underrated," he said. "No one really knows about me. My goal when I moved here was to get to Chapel Hill and it's happening right in front of my eyes now."

Copeland described himself as a guy who can face-up and score and also block shots. He admitted that his footwork is the area he'll need to improve prior to being able to play in college.

Copeland, whose father hails from Winston-Salem, said that he first caught wind that North Carolina was interested when former Reynolds High star and current Tar Heel Reyshawn Terry told him that the staff was talking about him. Shortly thereafter, a call was placed from the staff to Reynolds coach Howard West and then Steve Robinson came down to watch Copeland in an open gym.

"Then Coach (Holliday) came down to watch me play and ever since, they've been sending me a lot of letters," Copeland said. "I haven't been down there, but I'm going to try and go for an unofficial visit soon and play with the guys."

"I spoke to Coach Holliday last weekend," he added. "He was just calling to wish me good luck on the test."

For the next two weeks or so, all Copeland can do is hope.

"I'm hoping the results of the test come earlier than two to four weeks," Copeland said. "But I'm really confident. I know it's going to be a high score."

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