Feb 23, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams reacts in the second half. The Tar Heels defeated the Wolfpack 76-65 as the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball Recruiting Prospect Profile: Isaac Copeland

In the 2014 there hasn’t been a big man offered UNC radar minus #1 center and #1 overall prospect Jahlil Okafor.  One player who has been receiving interest is power forward Isaac Copeland.  As we all know Roy loves the long lanky players such as John Henson, Brice Johnson, and incoming recruit Isaiah Hicks.  Isaac Copeland fits the profile and would mesh in well with the up tempo offense in Chapel Hill.  Copeland is receiving lots of interest from the Heels but is yet to receive and offer.

Isaac Copeland stands tall at 6’9 200 pounds and has a long wingspan that gives him the length to dominate the paint on both the offensive and defensive ends.  Another aspect that makes him an intriguing prospect is his ability to shoot behind the arc.  A player his size is very comparable to Harrison Barnes, a bigger player that isn’t afraid to shoot threes.  Roy has been present watching Copeland numerous times, witnessing dominant double double performances.  Copeland is a very powerful dunker and has had many posterizing finishes.  Isaac Copeland is very similar to John Henson coming out of high school.  While not as highly regarded as Henson was Roy and his coaching staff believed Henson could shoot threes and be a dominant force inside and outside the paint.

Copeland is also a local talent that would make UNC appealing.  Copeland hails from Raleigh North Carolina where it would make going home easy and hassle free.  Copeland is a great player but has yet to receive an offer from the Heels.  This being said he has a current assumed top three with Georgetown, Florida State, and in state rival NC State.  The question is will he receive an offer?  In my opinion not anytime soon.  Roy has made it apparent that he wants more wings and guards in his class.  Unless both Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks decide to leave early, there won’t be a lot of space in the paint.  Also Roy offered small forward Justin Jackson a five star out of Houston who is 6’8.  Jackson is a more polished wing man and plays well inside the post giving him a little more of an edge over Copeland.  That being said, Jackson isn’t guaranteed to come to UNC.  Don’t be surprised if Roy decides to mix things up and give Copeland an offer, he has a master plan and Copeland still may be in the works of it.

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