A loss for the Georgetown Hoya could turn into a gain for the Texas Longhorns, as junior forward Isaac Copeland is considering Shaka Smart’s program among eight other schools, a source told Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
Arizona, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina State, Nebraska, and UConn are the other schools on Copeland’s preliminary list.
The nation’s No. 24 prospect in the 2014 class out of Brewster Academy in Charlottesville, Virginia, Copeland contributed as a freshman at Georgetown as a stretch forward who hit 38.9 percent of his three pointers.
As a sophomore, his scoring average improved by about four points to 11.1 points per game, along with 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists, but his shooting percentage from the field and from beyond the arc both decreased.
The junior season for the 6’9, 220-pounder has been a massive struggle — he’s dealt with injuries and increased competition from a graduate transfer and former reserves.
As a result, his minutes have decreased along with his production. Much like Texas guard Eric Davis Jr., Copeland has been suffering from clear confidence issues as his shooting percentage has dipped to 27.5 percent from the field. He’s also missed all 10 of his three pointers before falling out of the rotation entirely prior to his decision to transfer.
Smart has been active in seeking transfers during his time at Texas, landing forward Dylan Osetkowski from Tulane and forward Mareik Isom from Arkansas-Little Rock, in addition to pursuing several other players.
Unless Copeland can somehow manage to graduate in three years, he would have to sit out one season before playing his final season of eligibility, so there’s not a ton of upside to landing him, but he would provide one season of depth in 2018-19 if Texas beats out all the other competitors for his services.