NCAA Basketball

College Basketball Recruiting: 2013 Guard Bakari Copeland Talks Interests, Summer Goals

A number of colleges have continued to express interest in 6-foot-5 guard Bakari Copeland, and as the month as June rolls along, the Georgia-native has begun to focus on a number of visits.

Copeland, who has visited both Georgia State and Presbyterian recently, also has three more unofficial trips lined up before the month of June comes to a close.

In reference to his previous trips to both Georgia State and Presbyterian, Copeland said, “I thought they both had great campuses. I also like both of their programs.”

“Presbyterian has a strong academic-based program, which is the kind of program that I am looking for,” he added.

A native of Lithonia, Georgia, Copeland expects to visit Gardner-Webb as part of their elite camp on June 18, with visits to both Jacksonville (6/22) and Kennesaw State (6/30) planned, as well.

Copeland currently runs with Kingdom Elite on the AAU circuit, as the guard looks forward to another summer in which he hopes to improve on some of the goals he has in place.

“Recruiting-wise I would like to pick up offers, ” Copeland said. “Body-wise I need to gain more muscle and as far as my game is concerned, I would like to become a more diverse scorer, take my game above the rim, work on my ball handling, improve my jumpshot and become a great defender.”

“To sum it all up, I would like to expand my overall game. I feel that there is nothing that I can’t be working on if I want to be the best. My mindset is when I’m resting, someone else is working just as hard as I am.”

On Friday, Rant Sports spoke with fellow Kingdom Elite member, Solomon Mangham. Mangham had high praise for Copeland when asked, saying, “He’s a great kid. We get good workouts in together. He will be a knock-down shooter at the next level and with his work ethic, he could paly after college. It shows when he plays that he wants to be out there like its his last time. I would tell every school to recruit my boy, Bakari!”

Here is the full list of schools expressing interest in Copeland: Alabama A&M, Georgia State, Mercer, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian, East Tennessee State, Wofford, Radford, Jacksonville, Furman, VCU, Princeton, Kennesaw State, Houston Baptist, Georgia, Winthrop, Middle Tennessee State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and Niagara.


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