California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year Zach Copeland saw all he needed to see this weekend at Illinois State to make his decision where he will spend his remaining two years of eligibility.
Copeland, a 6-foot-4 guard from City College of San Francisco, cancelled his remaining visits with Nebraska and Colorado, after announcing Saturday on Twitter he has verbally committed to Illinois State. Copeland said his visit was "great" and he "absolutely loves ISU."
ISU coach Dan Muller officially offered Copeland in January. Copeland was considered ISU's top target in the spring signing period. Per NCAA rules, Muller is unable to speak about commits until the signing period officially begins on Wednesday.
In an earlier interview with The Vidette, Copeland credited Yaklich as his lead recruiter and for showing “a lot of love from the very beginning.”
Copeland, an Oakland, Calif., native, averaged 18.7 points, while shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 47.7 percent from three and 86.2 percent at the line during his sophomore campaign. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
Copeland said, "Illinois State has been pretty impressive and shown me a lot of love. Almost the whole complete staff has come seen me play or even flown out just to say hello. Coach (Yaklich) came to see me and we talked about the program and just how they play their style of play (and) what it's like being an all-around student-athlete. I really feel the love and support from them."
Copeland plans on majoring in physical therapy. He becomes the third recruit for the Redbirds, joining two other guards, 6-4 point guard Elijah Clarance, a senior at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Md., and Lake Land College 6-6 sophomore guard William Tinsley.
Following Copeland's commitment, Muller has filled all available scholarships. That number can change if a current player transfers or leaves the program.