The Nebraska Basketball team needs all their available players for this upcoming season, one which their Head Coach needs a good showing.
They may have gotten their wish. A source has told CBS Sports/Fansided’s Jon Rothstein that Nebrasketball has gotten a waiver for transferring Small Forward Isaac Copeland, making Copeland fully eligible for the 2017-18 season instead of just the winter semester portion.
Nebraska's Isaac Copeland has received a waiver from the NCAA and will be eligible for the entire 17-18 season, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 12, 2017
Obviously, this is a report and not official confirmation. However, Rothstein is usually pretty good on stuff like this, and has a decent track record.
Copeland is a transfer from Georgetown, where he averaged just over 11 points a game in his Sophomore season. He injured his knee before he came to Nebraska, and sat out last season rehabilitating that knee. Before Georgetown, he was a near five-star prospect out of Virginia.
If Copeland does not get this waiver, he will still be able to play this season. However, he would not be able to play until the fall semester ends, which would be around the time that Nebraska would have started Big Ten Conference play this season. With Copeland (who would be Nebraska’s best recruit, if you’re going off of HS profile), Nebraska can start the season with him & get him valuable minutes before the B1G gauntlet as well as the Kansas & Creighton game.
UPDATE: Nebraska Basketball has announced that Copeland is indeed cleared:
Nebraska Athletics announced Tuesday that men’s basketball player Isaac Copeland received a waiver from the NCAA and is immediately eligible for the 2017-18 season.
Copeland, who transferred from Georgetown to Nebraska in January of 2017, received a medical redshirt after playing in just seven games because of an injury in 2016-17. He will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning this season.
Copeland played in 73 games at Georgetown in two-plus seasons, making 49 starts for the Hoyas. As a sophomore in 2015-16, he averaged 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 33 starts for the Hoyas.
The Huskers open the 2017-18 season on Tuesday, Nov. 7, as they host Northwood in an exhibition game before starting the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 11 against Eastern Illinois at Pinnacle Bank Arena.