Playing for the Southside Tigers is no easy task. A team that is rich on basketball tradition and success, the Tigers have high expectations each and every season. One of their top prospects is 2013 SG/PG Quavius Copeland. "Qua" as he is affectionately known had a solid season for head coach B.J. Jackson and also excelled last off season on the AAU circuit. College coaches have started to contact Jackson about his talented sophomore prospect and that's why Copeland is the latest player to be feature in SCPrepNation.com's "UP NEXT" series.
On a team laden with talent and upperclassmen Copeland's stats don't jump out at you as he averaged 10.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 44.3% from the field. It's the fact that Copeland is capable of more than that and showed extremely well on the AAU circuit with the Carolina Hurricanes that has college coaches recruiting him already.
"South Carolina is recruiting me the hardest out of all those schools right now."
Copeland says he's taken a couple of unofficial visits to watch some games and he enjoyed the atmosphere that those college games provided.
Southside and Copeland had another successful season and looking back on it he said that one game in particular stood out to him as his best performance of the year against the eventual undefeated state AAA champions.
"My biggest game was at Wade Hampton. I hit a couple big shots to help put my team in position to win."
The battles against the Generals provided for some exciting games and it helped Copeland and his teammates some motivation to continue to press even harder in order to improve for next year. Copeland says it's the "in house" work that really helps prepare him for any and all opponents.
"The toughest players I faced all year would have to be my teammates. The intensity coach Jackson demands during practice makes the games easier."
The 6'1 170 pound shooting guard says he'll work on a number of aspects of his game this off season in order to improve.
"My goals this off season are to get stronger and quicker. I realize this is going to be a big factor on the next level."
"I try to pattern my game after Kemba Walker. I know eventually I will have to play point guard possibly on the next level. I also like to have the ball in my hands with game on the line. I'm working on my scoring and leadership ability."
Right now Copeland says he feels his shooting ability and getting his teammates involved are two of his biggest attributes currently.
Still early in the recruiting process Copeland shared with us some schools he wants to hear more from soon as well as an early top 5 list.
Stay tuned as we'll have more concerning Qua Copeland as he prepares for another AAU season in hopes of continuing to raise his stock.