Nebraska landed a former blue-chip recruit in forward Isaac Copeland, a former Georgetown Hoya. The program got some big news on that front today.
Copeland announced his departure from Georgetown last December, and a month later, committed to Nebraska.
Injuries hindered Copeland in 2016-17, when he played in just seven games for Georgetown before leaving the school.
Originally, it looked like he would have to sit to begin the season, but he has received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA and will be allowed to play right away. Nebraska head coach Tim Miles made the announcement this afternoon.
It’s official.@Isaac_CurlJuice will be eligible for the entire 2017-18 season!
— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) September 12, 2017
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The 6-foot-9, 220-pound former five-star recruit was granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA, NU announced Tuesday, making the forward eligible to play immediately this season.
“It’s a great feeling. It’s a long process, coming here in the middle of January, not really knowing too many people, and then getting surgery and now getting back playing,” Copeland said Monday at the Hendricks Training Complex. “And now, finally being able to realize I’ll be able to play at the start of the season. It feels great.”
The waiver allows Copeland to play in Nebraska’s first 11 games, a stretch that includes match-ups with Creighton and Michigan State. In his last full season at Georgetown, 2015-16, Copeland averaged 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.