Once a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school, Georgetown Hoyas‘ forward Isaac Copeland found himself in unfamiliar territory in 2016-17.
His role had diminished with the program, limiting his playing time off the hop. Then, the injury bug bit the junior to just seven games in 2016-17, averaging just 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in under 20 minutes of action per night.
In mid-December, he announced his intentions to transfer from the program, and he received his release.
Several teams reached out and tried to recruit the talented 6’9” forward, but one in particular seemed to have a leg up on the others. On Monday afternoon, it was announced where Copeland would be transferring for the remainder of his collegiate career.
Copeland is headed to the Big Ten Conference, and will join coach Tim Miles and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, just in time for the spring semester to begin.
Out of high school, Copeland was a highly sought-after recruit, as he was the 16th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2014 by ESPN. He chose the Hoyas over the likes of the West Virginia Mountaineers, Boston College Eagles, and others.
His decision to commit to the Cornhuskers should come as little surprise, as current Huskers’ assistant coach Kenya Hunter recruited Copeland to Georgetown when he was on staff with the Hoyas.
Copeland plans to have surgery on a herniated disc soon, but has already applied for a medical redshirt waiver with the NCAA. If the waiver is approved, he could suit up for the Huskers at the beginning of the 2017-18 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
If the waiver is not approved, he will be eligible come second semester for Tim Miles and crew.
Regardless of when he suits up for Nebraska, the Big Ten should be on the lookout for the Huskers next season. Copeland is a big time talent who will only help the program continue the rise they are on.
– T. Bennett