Coming to the Hilltop: Isaac Copeland, top 50 prospect from the class of 2014
Though the 2013-2014 campaign has yet to start for the Hoya basketball team, head coach John Thompson III and company are already locking up prospects that still have time left in high school. In the upcoming season, the team will look relatively similar, save the loss of our superstar and Brandon Bolden’s uniquely enthusiastic bench presence. However, two years from now, with the graduation of guard Markel Starks and forward Nate Lubick, while most players will still be around, the core of the team will be much different. Oh, and most importantly, guard John Caprio will also be leaving with the class of 2014.
Right now, the list of Georgetown commits in the high school class of 2014 is modest in quantity but boasts very strong players who will likely comprise the Hoya core of the future. Headlining the group is forward Isaac Copeland from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. Copeland is 6’8”, 189 lbs, and models his game after that of Otto Porter. Copeland, a four-star recruit ranked 47th in ESPN’s recruiting rankings for the class of 2014, is the highest ranked recruit to come to Georgetown since Porter, who was ranked 42nd in his class.
When Copeland verbally committed to Georgetown on March 10 of this year, the day following the second drubbing of Syracuse, he was the first recruit in his class to join the Hoyas. While in 2014, forward Greg Whittington will likely be back on the court along with forwards Reggie Cameron and Stephen Domingo, Thompson will surely be able to utilize the vast amount of talent he has at the small forward position while allowing Copeland to develop.
Copeland is known as a good shooter and has potential to develop into a dangerous player, but also has to develop many skills such as rebounding and post play. Though he is not an Otto-level complete player, let’s not forget that Copeland is still in high school and has plenty of time to work on his game. Copeland transferred from The Miller School in Raleigh, N.C. to the well-reputed Brewster Academy for his senior year in order to play in a more competitive environment.
At Brewster, Copeland will play alongside fellow ESPN Top-100 players Chris McCullough (No. 7) and Jared Terrell (No. 76), the former of which is a Syracuse commit. Copeland will also have ample time to improve once he is immersed in the program at Georgetown. Copeland’s talent may be exciting, but let’s keep it under control. His arrival on the Hilltop is still a while away.