Copeland: 'It's a Done Deal'

Mike Copeland feels his future at North Carolina is all but sealed. However, his former high school coach still isn't certain.

Copeland, an unsigned senior at Winston-Salem (N.C.) Reynolds, who is still trying to qualify academically, said he achieved a qualifying test score - and is in the process of taking a pair of classes that could result in his admittance into school for the fall.

"I'm all set," said the 6-foot-8, 230-pound Copeland. "I told Carolina about my test score and they're excited. I'm taking one course right now and the other one is already over and I'm waiting for my grade."

Utah, East Carolina, VCU, LaSalle and most recently, Georgia and South Carolina were also being considered.

"It's a done deal," he added about UNC. "I'm really excited."

However, former Reynolds coach Howard West said his understanding was that Copeland still needs to do very well in both of his current classes.

"I was told he needed to get A's in both of the classes," West said.

Copeland averaged nearly a double-double (17.8 points, 9.1 rebounds) per outing in his senior campaign, after which he earned Player of the Year honors for the Central Piedmont 4A Conference, and was selected to the All-Northwest N.C. team. Copeland was named to the All-State Second Team by two separate outlets - the Associated Press and

He said he has gone down to Chapel Hill recently to play pickup with some of the players.

Related Links:
* 6/20 - Copeland Still On The Board
* 4/22 - UNC Checks Out Local Senior
* Mike Copeland Profile

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