Erik Copes Ready to Flourish?
 5/15/2012 6:33:26 PM      Replies: 5

thinker5/14/2012 5:40:53 PM


Copes ready to flourish?

George Mason Patriots

Erik Copes averaged only 3.3 points in 15 minutes per game as a true freshman at George Mason last season, but those numbers are expected to rise sharply for the highly touted big man out of Philadelphia.

In fact, Jon Rothstein of CBS lists the 6-foot-8, 244-pound Copes as one of his breakout players for next season.

Paul Hewitt told me earlier this year that Copes the smartest freshman big man he's ever coached and that's saying a lot," writes Rothstein. "Hewitt has had Chris Bosh, Derrick Favors, and Gani Lawal under his wing and Copes figures to be different, but still very productive.

"The 6-foot-8 burly center played 15 minutes per contest for the Patriots last season, a number that should come close to doubling after Mason loses two starters up front in Ryan Pearson and Mike Morrison."

Bigfan5/15/2012 3:51:27 AM

And any team with an open head coaching position can gain his services.

herve5/15/2012 8:01:17 AM

....or a non-existent academic compliance or the other.

DEA5/15/2012 12:54:15 PM

 The "Copes not getting into GW thing" isn't accurate from what I've heard and seems like a cop out. He probably would have still been here if Hewitt hadn't gotten hired at Mason. I don't blame Lonergan or Nero for the situation because from what I heard at the time, they made a concerted effort to keep both. It was certainly the largest factor in why many thought KH shouldn't have been fired  but considering the recruiting job the new staff has done, the blow has certainly been softened. 

danjsport5/15/2012 5:23:10 PM

DEA- I only see one thing wrong in your sentence.  You said "if Hewitt hadn't gotten hired at Mason."  I think you meant "Houston"

herve5/15/2012 6:33:24 PM

Actually the Copes information is accurate, but it doesn't matter now regardless.....except for those who will spend the next 10 years saying "Yeah! But if we had Copes!" (Go ask a Celtics fan about Len Bias).

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