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Opposition scouting: Isaac Copeland will be eligible for Nebraska

A key player for St. John’s first major-conference opponent

NCAA Basketball: St. John's at Georgetown Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

On the St. John’s men’s hoops schedule, Nebraska has loomed as one of those teams that sounds like a decent opponent in theory (being in a major conference) but looks like a game against a lower-level opponent in reality (bottom of the Big Ten).

(To be fair, not only is this a Gavitt Games obligation, but this isn’t a terrible team to schedule.)

Nebraska looked to be quite the beatable opponent, with a leading senior guard departing along with four other scholarship players, including the team’s starting center and a pair of promising forwards.

But Isaac Copeland, the Georgetown transfer who was expected to sit out the first semester, will be eligible for fall games.

Copeland was a five-star forward who lost his way at Georgetown, falling out of the starting lineup despite his inside/ outside talent.

Copeland is skilled, 6’9” with shooting ability, but he has also been knocked for a lack of defensive effort, poor rebounding and his overall poor sophomore year.

Still, Copeland might be a player St. John’s needs to game plan for... if he is sufficiently recovered from his offseason back surgery.

St. John’s faces Nebraska on November 16th at Carnesecca Arena.