NCAA Basketball

Bakari Copeland: 2013 Guard Adding Offers; Eyes November Signing

Georgia-native Bakari Copeland had a number of teams interested in him when he first spoke with Rant Sports back in mid-June.

As the July period comes to a close, Copeland’s recruitment remains on the upswing, as he now boasts six offers in addition to those still expressing interest.

Houston Baptist, Southern, Presbyterian, UT-Martin, Alabama A&M, and Savannah State all offered the 6-foot-5 guard during the month of July.

In addition, Copeland says that Charleston Southern, Mercer, Kennesaw State and Jacksonville continue to contact him the most.

As if the addition of six new offers weren’t evident enough of Copeland’s continued improvement, he knows the past month has been very kind to him.

“Overall, my July was good. I could have always done better, but I showed my ability on defense and my ability to score in a variety of ways,” he said via text. “My rebounding was good, my ball handling has improved since April, and I also showed my ability to finish above the rim.”

“This month has definitely been very good to me.”

As Copeland looks forward, he knows a big decision is looming as the fall months rapidly approach. “I plan on signing in November, to get it out of the way,” he proclaimed. “I feel like I owe it to my teammates to have all my focus on the team without any distractions.”

Copeland’s fellow AAU teammate, Solomon Mangham, also picked up offers from Southern and Houston Baptist this July, and the two haven’t ruled out the possibility of playing with each other at the next level.

“Yes, we are trying to go to college together,” Copeland explained. “And if we are able to do that, that would be great, but at the end of the day we have to do what’s best for Bakari, and what’s best for Solomon.”

Looking ahead, Copeland does plan on making some additional visits to the ones he made earlier in the summer months. “I haven’t scheduled any yet. I will sit down with my family and Solomon, and we will plan out where we will visit.”

Some big months remain on the horizon for Copeland, as he nears a collegiate decision, yet there is no doubt that his hard work continues to pay off.



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