The Georgetown to Nebraska connection continues. The latest haul for the Cornhuskers involves a former 5-star recruit.
Isaac Copeland announced he will transfer to the Big Ten program on Monday less than one month after the revelation that the 6-foot-9 forward was leaving the Hoyas.
In his third season at Georgetown, Copeland played in seven games with the last one on Dec. 4. The school announced his intent to transfer at the end of the first semester on Dec. 12.
"It was kind of getting to the point where school was about to start, and I needed to settle down and figure out where I wanted to go, what really matters to me the most," Copeland told HuskerOnline.com. "Nebraska seemed to cover all those things well."
The Raleigh native chose Nebraska over North Carolina State, the only other school he visited. The Cornhuskers played a double-overtime against Iowa when Copeland dropped by.
Before getting into the why Nebraska, coached by Tim Miles, and an injury update, here’s the most interesting part of the interview with Georgetown in mind.
"I saw a lot in the game and also in the meeting the next day," Copeland said. "Coach Miles did a great job of breaking my game down from a freshman to the little bit I played in my junior year, and he had all my stats, all my shots and everything. Things I'd never even heard about: areas on the floor where I'm really effective and stuff like that and things I need to work on.”
Anyway, former Georgetown assistant Kenya Hunter is part of the staff at Nebraska under head coach Tim Miles. Another Georgetown transfer, Moses Ayegba, also later landed with the Cornhuskers.
"There were just so many familiar faces around me," Copeland told . "With Coach (Kenya) Hunter; Anton (Gill) and I went to high school together; James (Palmer), I played against him in AAU; Jordy (Tshimanga), I played against him in high school. So there are a lot of people in the organization and the team that I'd seen before. It just felt right."
Things seemingly fit right with Copeland at Georgetown during his freshman season highlighted by a game-winning shot against Butler. He averaged over 11 points per game during his sophomore campaign including a monster 32-point outing at Marquette, but inconsistency in his performance grew.
Though he scored in double figures in the first three games this season, he went 3 or 14 in a one-point loss to Maryland and then missed 12 of 13 shots in Georgetown’s first two games of the Maui Classic. Reports of injuries soon followed as did his departure.
HuskerOnline reports that Copeland will undergo surgery on the herniated disc in his back he suffered this season with the Hoyas. More from HuskerOnline:
Georgetown won its first two games after Copeland left, but now sits 0-4 in Big East play.