It should come as no surprise who Isaac Copeland picked to win the NCAA Tournament this year.
"Georgetown, definitely," the Miller School junior said with a big smile Thursday afternoon.
Copeland, a 6-9 junior, committed to the Hoyas earlier this month while on spring break. Copeland's announcement came after a visit to Georgetown for the Hoyas' 61-39 win over Syracuse.
Copeland says he already had his mind made up before the visit, "but just getting up there, seeing that great game against Syracuse -- all the tradition -- is what really sold me that it was the right school for me."
Copeland, rated as a four-star recruit by the major recruiting websites, had scholarship offers from more than a dozen college programs. He averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds at Miller this past season.
"He's a stat sheet stuffer, is what we call him," Miller coach Scott Willard said. "So even on an off shooting day, he still gets double digit rebounds at this level. Steals, blocks; he runs the floor well."
Willard also called Copeland a "natural fit" at Georgetown.
"Given what they do with guards and forwards. How they're triple threats -- shooters, dribblers, passers -- and how complicated their defensive system is," Willard explained. "They need a guy with some length, some ability. And at 6-9 Isaac can shoot the ball, he can drive the ball.
"I think I fit in very well," agreed Copeland. "They like to use athletic, tall guys like me; very versatile."
Copeland, a Raleigh native, said his decision came down to the Hoyas and NC State. According to Willard, Georgetown's persistence paid off.
"Georgetown has recruited him harder than really anyone else, other than the schools in this area. Like, UVA obviously did a really good job recruiting him," Willard said. "But Georgetown has been to more games than any other program, and that showed a lot to Isaac. That not only did they care about him, but they're taking time when they could go see other players, to see him."
Copeland says he's happy to have his college decision out of the way.
"It's great to have that, just being able to focus on getting ready, getting prepared for college," he said. "Focused on the SATs, things like that. It opens up a lot of things for you just to be able to focus."
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