Nebraska picked up a commitment from Georgetown transfer Isaac Copeland, the team announced Monday night, and it's possible he could be with the Huskers for the start of the 2017-18 season.
Copeland was a highly touted prospect out of high school, a five-star recruit ranked as the No. 23 player in the Class of 2014 by Rivals. He averaged 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore during the 2015-16 season.
Copeland played in seven of the Hoyas' first nine games this season before being sidelined with a back injury that required surgery. He hasn't played since early December and announced his intent to transfer shortly thereafter. Copeland averaged a mere 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in that limited action. He posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds against Maryland earlier this season.
"Isaac’s commitment to Nebraska basketball is a great thing for the Nebraska basketball program, and we want to make it a great thing for Isaac as well," Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said in the announcement. "There were so many connections between Isaac and our program but none more than important than assistant coach Kenya Hunter, who did an excellent job of helping to get him into our program.
"Isaac is a great kid, a serious student and has immense talent for basketball. I love his demeanor and his versatility for the game. The sky is the limit for his potential. I can’t wait to get him healthy and to start working with him."
Normally, the NCAA would require any transferring player to sit out two semesters before playing again, which would make him eligible to play midway through the 2017-18 season.
But according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Copeland applied for a medical hardship waiver with the NCAA before picking Nebraska. Should the NCAA grant the waiver for the full 2016-17 season, it would effectively count as his sit-out year and he could start the 2017-18 season with the Huskers.
More good news for Nebraska, which is off to a 3-1 start to Big Ten play this season.