While Illinois basketball already has a four-man recruiting class lined up for next year, there’s still two more available scholarships that the coaching staff can utilize. In all likelihood, at least one of those will remain open to provide an extra 2018 slot, however an interesting option on the transfer market just became a possibility.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, former Georgetown forward Isaac Copeland as including the Fighting Illini on his initial list of schools. The 6-foot-9 North Carolina native is also considering Arizona, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Kansas, N.C. State, Nebraska, Texas, and UConn. The school’s press release on the departure indicates that the former five-star prospect intends to join a new team prior to the beginning of next semester.
Georgetown transfer Isaac Copeland has cut his list to Arizona, ASU, Cincy, Illinois, KU, NC State, Nebraska, Texas, & UConn, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 26, 2016
Copeland was averaging 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game to begin his junior season, but he had only received meaningful minutes in 5 out of Georgetown’s 12 games. The decline in performance seems to be a bit surprising considering that Copeland averaged 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists as a sophomore.