By JACK LeGWINSpecial to ZAGSBLOGJohn Thompson III has another versatile big man coming his way.
Isaac Copeland, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound junior forward out of the Miller School in Charlottesville, Va., committed to Georgetown on Sunday, the morning after he attended Georgetown’s 61-39 victory over Syracuse at the Verizon Center, a game that sealed the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament for the Hoyas.
“I chose Georgetown because I felt it was the right place for me,” Copeland told SNY.tv. “The tradition was one of the reasons, the feel of the campus, the academics and talking to the coaches also were factors that helped me make that decision.”
Copeland chose Georgetown over Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida State, Memphis, Miami, N.C. State, St. Joseph’s, West Virginia and many others.
Copeland said Georgetown’s tradition was a major factor in his decision.
“It makes everyone play hard, I like playing for teams that win,” he said. “I think that message will push me, and help to motivate me.”
Ranked 37th in the class of 2014 by ESPN, Copeland is a stretch 3 who can run the floor with ease, score and has comfortable mid-range accuracy. He said he believes he compares to Georgetown star Otto Porter Jr., the presumptive Big East Player of the Year.
As for the future of Georgetown as it heads into the new Big East/Catholic 7 next season, he said he’s excited.
“I think it will be really nice,” he said. “I don’t exactly know what it will look like yet, but what I’ve heard it will be really good, playing against good teams every day, so I like that a lot.”
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