The Nebraska basketball program received some great news on Memorial Day weekend. On Sunday afternoon, it was reported by multiple sources that star forward Isaac Copeland did not hire an agent and has decided to return for his senior season.
Copeland had initially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft before having a change of heart.
Last season, Copeland averaged 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.
The 6-foot-9 forward earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors a season ago, but he is hoping that the Cornhuskers will make a trip to the Big Dance after settling for the NIT during his junior campaign.
“A 22-win season was good,” Copeland said, via Big Red Today. “But we didn’t win enough on the road. We needed some better wins, and that’s what we’re going to go for.”
Copeland commented on his decision on social media.
This season marks the first time in Big Ten history that teams will play a 20-game conference schedule, so it’s crucial for Nebraska to have a veteran player who can help them through the ups and downs. Early in the season, Nebraska will participate in the Gavitt Tipoff Games against Seton Hall and the CBE Hall of Fame Classic along with Missouri State, Texas Tech, and USC.