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Isaac Copeland | Average to Savage EP88

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This is the eighty-eighth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring NBA G League player Isaac Copeland of the Texas Legends. Paul Guarino talked with Isaac Copeland discussing his time at Georgetown University & University of Nebraska–Lincoln, his journey to make the NBA, and what the future holds. Follow Isaac Copeland https://www.instagram.com/isaac_copeland/ Podcast interview with Isaac Copeland originally recorded March 17, 2020

This is the average to savage podcast with ball Garno, everyone and anyone, athletes, so webs and much more. It's up everybody. Welcome back to another episode of the average savage podcasts. Are Special guests today is Isaac Copeland. Isaac, I was going, are you good, man, how you going to do? You know, pretty good. I know the g league season probably got cut short now. So what werior feelings going on throughout this whole coronavirus? Man, it's crazy like a pretty much every day I wake up I'm like, snow, this is real, because I were in a movie right now and it's kind of have a sense of, you know, not knowing what's going on, not really know. I was but to mom's going to hold. It is a little bit different for everybody right now. So people acting crazy, but you, I'm trying to know, stay positive and just how to do right now. Yeah, definitely, that's what I've been saying all my friends. I feel I was like, I feel like we're in a movie right now. So, going back in time, you grew up in North Carolina, right. Yeah, yeah, how'd you get involved playing basketball? My Dad, he played at East Carolina. So I kind of looked up to him, you know, growing up and allays girls going to always going to play basketball. But I didn't start taking this since until like middle school. I play. You would go on the road and and that's when I started really like when to take it seriously, working out and doing all the extra stuff. So Pilot Med school when I realized that we want to play. Did you play any other sports her own up? I didn't want to play football, but I was really a twig when I was going af so my mom wants out. Let me do that. Gotcha. And then I know you went to prep school too, but what was a moving for the North Carolina to New Hampshire like it was? It was different. That was my second year boarding school. Actually, year before that I went to a school called Miller. It was in Cros A, Virginia, let right by UVA Carlos when it missed away from UVA. So as my first experience really being away from home. So I think I prepared me for the big moving New Hampshire. Like I have my car stuff and in...

Miller, so I was able to go back and forth home. But when I went to bruce to I went home and I didn't come back to like Christmas and then graduation I came home. So it's a little different. Way qulder back in New Hampshire. Still every day stuff like that, but it was a good experience for me. Yeah, I'm from New England, im in Connecticut, so I definitely know about the roll. It's crazy out there. Yeah, and then we have what was the difference between like say, like you're at public school playing at like a prep school? Basketball? Just a love competition. Like the NEPSTAC is known. It's one of the best leagues in the country and so every day you played against people that's in the NBA now or really good college players. You know everybody that plays in that league, especially even on our team we have more people as and then play in the NBA. So far off my team alone. So it's crazy home. Just level competition and just you know how dedicated they are compared to other people in home and regular high school, because that's all they they are doing out there is working out and playing basketball. Yeah, it's crazy. You said, for the guys that I are on your team or in then bea now they least played a Mbya. So we have John both and he played with the sixers. I'm not sure what he's doing right now, but I'll show you by a pick. Pick back up with a team. Davante Graham. He's with the hornness. Not even Mitchell. Jared's here. He's with two. He's on two way with the timber. was last year its. Initially he was overseeing, though, but as for right there, I don't start team that played in the NBA. Yeah, it's crazy. And then, yeah, coming out at prep school, you are five star recruit and you signed with Georgetown. What was the recruiting process like? And then what made you ultimately picked Georgetown? Honestly, the recruiting process is really annoying to me. A lot of people like it, but I wasn't really into it. So I'll committed early and I'm Georgetown was the most consistent school and they had a good balance academics and athletics. I was like this is where I want to go, so desided to go to here. was there another school like the final two, or was it there? You were just like George...

Mufuna through was Georgetown. Is He state of Florida State? Okay, yeah, it was a nice moving kind of closer to home. Being from Europe, in New Hampshire? Oh Yeah, most definitely. I was tired of, you know, only being on. Called my family so I wanted them to come see me play and it's like a five hour drive and DC to no Carolina. So it went too bad for sure. So I know you played to see or two or three seasons at Georgetown. was just say like two, two and a half. It was really I played like ten games my jaenior. Okay, I'm like that. Yeah, so what was your experience like a George Sound? It was cool. I learned a lot of different system different type of basketball, different environment, but I can not think it helped me out in the future, help me on how to push through things and just actually helping with my basketball. I can't stuff as West. I really enjoyed it there, but Um, I made this as to leave for myself. Yeah, so what was that process? They transferring versus like, you know, the recruiting process. Yeah, transfer, and I was kind of like I want to go somewhere where I'm most comfortable and just I had a lot going on. I had injury, not so I knew I was going to have some time out. I need just to be in a place where I was comfortable and new, trust people around me and when I was when I was taking me to play, going to a system I thought I can really thrive in. So the coast actually got me to go to Georgetown. was at Nebraska. That's why I decided to go there. Okay, that's crazy. I yeah, WHO's the coach? Can you hunter? He's actually assisting now at you can't. Okay. So at the time, when you're at Georgetown, who's the head coach? Then it was JAC three. Okay, yeah, what was it like being coached by him, because I know he's like legend there? Yes, cool, let's cool, very different ones own, you know, suspicions and stuff like that. So I had to get used to that. But he is a great best of all minds and tell me a lot. Yeah, I know I keep on kind...

...of asks, but you moved around a lots of what's it like going from like George Sound Nebraska, just like living in Nebraska? Like that was really different too. Yeah, the culture, shout, you know, DC is when the you know, bigger seat in Nebraska. For sure. It's a lot more going on and different weather, different food spots, all that. Nebraska has more than people. You know, but think like you think, it's just corn feels and stuff like that, and that we like the Nice Little College town and every game was sold out and, other than the weather on me, was really a great place to me. Yeah, now, I mean your two seasons there, those are your best two seasons to college, I'd say. So what was that like? And then I know you had another injury or senior year. So like what have you motivated to keep on overcoming all the injuries? Well, I'm not. I think it kind of goes back to what I've been through my whole career. Like this whole time. You keep bringing out how much I've moved around, and when you do stuff like that you have to learn how to just kind of pick it up and keep it moving. So, I mean when I go through things, tight circle, my family always has my back. So you know, when I get might get hurt or whatever, just as kind of lean on them and you know I've been had before and just keep pushing like I'm I'm a good player. I've know no intentions of giving up, so I just keep playing and that's that's pretty much it. Just keep working. Their wars are overall experience at Nebraska like like on the court and off the court it was great. I mean, like I said, every game was sew it out, so I was used to that. Know if it's of Georgetown, but when I was there, when I had a couple games where was a lot of fans, but in Nebraska it was like every sing every game was a lot of fans. So that was different for me. And they're playing in the big ten and I re every gym was like that. There's more of a college vibe in the big ten, and so I enjoyed that a lot. And off the court it was a lot of fun as well. Come on my own first apartment and stuff out there at a doll that all that s mean. I was able to do some things that I wasn't able to do previously in college. So I enjoyed it a lot. How many...

...times did you go to the turn only one time my first me Yor I think we got robbed my junior in Nebraska, but were not talk about that. It's crazy. Yeah, so, yeah, I know. That's why I just kind of believe still that they canceled it this year. But yeah, like I thought they'd have, if even maybe even like a modified one like less teams or something, but it's great. Yeah, it's crazy. That's when I knew it was super real because, like, you know how much money they obviously make off the NCAA tournament. And then, yeah, going back it's your senior and then you're going back into the like the two thousand and nineteen NBA draft. I know unfortunately didn't get drafted, but you prevailed again and you tried out for the Texas legends. So what was that whole process like, just like trying to get drafted and then trying out for the G League team? Well, I mean I was coming to I had told my acl so I knew I that was my priority was just getting back healthy. So I wasn't I know I was going to get drafted. I'm fit there seeing you like, it's hard to see if it's you're seeing you to coming up injury get drafted. So going in I knew that wasn't going to happen, but I knew I was gonna do to play somewhere at some level. You know, an I don't want to go overseas yet come up and off an injury. So I was let me go do t league and would have a set up like you can do local player of trials, and basically you can sign up as a local player of child but you get to pick what team you want to go to. So instead in turn the draft and just being sent somewhere where I, you know, I want want to be, I decided to come here to Texas legends. So that's how it worked. It's cool. I didn't I didn't even know that you could do that. Yeah, so why would you pick the Texas legends to trial for? Basically because, if all else fails, I think I could get better here and just continue to Rehab my body and the good environment. So that's why I want to come here. They have good people and good stuff. So that was what I was looking at it as and I think that that held true for sure. Yeah, what's it like playing with you, your former college teammate, Isaiah Robbie? Oh yeah, Isaiah Robe, he rob...

...yeah, it was cool. He got traded like maybe two months ago to the okay see, to the thunder. So I mean it was cool while it lasted. We never actually got to play a game together because before I was cleared he was playing. Then when I got cleared he was sitting out with injury, so we never got to take the floor together, so that kind us up, but price reprising each other a couple times and just being around him again. What was a good, good experience. It's crazy, I didn't know that. And then, yeah, what's The g league season been like so far? And then like, what's your plans for the future? It was cool. I mean, personally, for me this year was really up and down, waiting to get clear and then having pickups here and there on my injury. Just had really focusing on getting back healthy, but some games I came in and was produced. So promise. I think I'm headed in the right direction. So my future, I mean party number one right now. Really he's just walking up my body and stuff is and make sure I'm ready for the next step and whatever is now. Else is next for me? or not sure what I'm gonna do yet. I'm going to do g league again or try to go oversea's just kind of way and see what that, with this whole coronavirus does and see where I'm at and then make a move from there. And how are you planning on staying in shape now that apparently, like you know, gims and stuffer closing. Are you going to do like homework out? Yeah, I'm gonna have to. I mean that's the only option. I'm just sat down for a couple of days and played a lot of xbox, but it's start to get boy with that, so I need to mix in some workouts and get back to getting this wedding. So I'll be doing some home workouts and I just hit my training back at home. He's got a gym, so I'm to see what he says about all that. But yeah, just I have to. I do some homework house. I'm let a guess it. Yeah, for sure. And then what advice would you give like a young player trying to get like a d one scholarship for trying to go pro? I mean just discontinue to work. I mean I know it's a cliche that homework pays out, but...

...it really does, and just kind of black out the outside where, especially nowadays, and being when I was a high school social media was around, but it's nowhere near what it is today and I think a lot of kids get caught up in there. So like that, they also noise out and just focus on what you want to do and you'll be our yeah, I mean that's crazy even you saying it, because you're only like got five years out of high school, basically. Finally, no, yeah, it's pretty it's great. I Like I'm twenty seven right now, and so that's why it's like I always talked about how I remember when I was in college we didn't have instagram DMS yet. Maybe see here we had it like that's how it's crazy. Yeah, it's wow, whole overtime movement on that. What's your opinions on social media, like, which one is your favorite? I'd say instagram is my favorite, but I think twitter is by far the fundness on me automatic, I don't really tweet that much. God just like to go up there everything and watch everybody else talking about its hilarious. But it twitter, twitters on another level. twitters this wild sometimes. Yeah, that and what do you what do you like to do in your free time? Game? I like to play xbox. That's that's my main thing and other than that I've been learned how to DJ. Started that last summer, so pick that back up when I get back home and continue the how to do that. But non sounds of the team. If I'm not working out, if you call me, I'm on Xbox. Okay, how'd you get into DJ UM UNCLE? He's actually a DJ. So I always had an interest in music since I was younger. I didn't one of the mixed songs together, stuff like that. So I told him about it and he's like, you know, I'm a DJ right now, so that no idea. So anybody, me was to the cree one day, had this whole set up out and he just showing me how to use instead have fun. So I literally said different hours just making different songs. And then now I was like this does is something I can do, is a hobby and, you know, not make any money with it and just enjoy outside of do the XBOX.

You know, I enjoy and I'm cup. You learn how to do it. Yeah. So what's your favorite games you right now? To can call duties pretty much. I'd love like yeah, I got the new war zone, so I get that in. I'm my guys, and then playing the park on to k. that's about it. What about what's your favorite Song Right now? Oh that's tough. HMM. It's probably yes, sir, Steve By loosy twenty one, savage off his a little deluxe co gets. You dropped on loosy album. That's a hard yeah, yeah, listen. Then thing I listened to the new one because he dropped two albums. I know, yeah, he's smart. He dropped it like day of the coronavirus. Everybody gonna listen to it. Best, mesguly. And then, if you were a pro basketball player, what do you think you'd be doing? Wow, I was not there for that question. But to you know, probably something with television. My Mom's had on TV show putting missed the whole time to those about seventeen or eighteen. So I've been around TV my whole life. No, I'll probably doing something, but television production. I want to be in front of the camera more behind it. Set set things up. So I'll probably ask her to help me find something that's wheld. That's up. Did you study like communications in College? Know all the sociology made. Actually I thought it as a I forgot what I started out as, but I had to switch because I wasn't really into it. That's what sociology when I transferred, because I you know, you transfer up to like some of your credits don't make it over. Yeah, but I had the most credits and sociology, so maybe graduate the fastest. So I'll let me go ahead and do this. Yeah, Chua. Well, yeah, I appreciate you coming on and I could do up. The listeners know where they...

...can follow you at all. You follow me on Instagram at Isaac Underscore Cope, with twitter is Isaac underscore, curl juice, and the first letter each of these words it's capitalize, so hopefully I understand what I'm saying. And then, even though Xbox y'all trying to play, it's like fifty four is my Gamer tag, the eye and Ike is under his lowercase and there's no space between the word and the number. So that's what I can get at me. Yet I.

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