Instead of sitting out the first part of this season, Nebraska senior forward Isaac Copeland has received a waiver from the NCAA, according to Fanrag Sports’ Jon Rothstein. That will allow him to play the entire the 2017-18 season.
Copeland, who transferred to Nebraska last January, would have had to sit out until January 2018 had he not received a waiver.
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
Copeland’s basketball career at Nebraska now will span two seasons as opposed to the assumed 1½ seasons.
Copeland comes to Nebraska after 2½ years at Georgetown, where he was a starter for the Hoyas in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. He played in 66 games, starting 44.
He played in seven games in the 2016-17 season, but was limited to starting five of seven games due to a back injury.
Copeland’s best season at Georgetown came as a sophomore, when he averaged 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 32 points against Marquette that season. Copeland will be expected to fill a hole in the Huskers offense left by graduated guard Tai Webster.
Considering that the Big Ten’s conference schedule will start in early December, it will be important to have Copeland in the lineup when the season tips off.