"It's All About The Game"

A convo with Copeland






Robert Stephens, Featured Writer

Prep school is in his near future.

May 31, 2016 - The 43rd annual Capital Classic which features the top players from the DMV and the United States returned to Catholic University. The classic features two games the preliminary contest which features the District all Stars versus the Suburban all stars. The Classic has allowed student athletes who have not selected a school to show their talents against some of the best competitors in this area.

One of the participants was Kyle Copeland from Tuscoura High School in Leesburg, Va. Copeland was selected as the
District 14 player of the year after leading the Huskies to a 21-3 record. Copland averaged 21 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2 assist per contest. The 6’3 guard exploded for 38 points against Handley, 33 against Briar Woods, and 30 against Stone Bridge.

I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Copeland about school, family, and basketball:

How would you describe your experience this week?

"It was a lot of fun. I was able to play against a lot of
guys I had heard about.”

Kyle Copleand lets one fly during the Cap Classic.

Were you surprised at your selection?

“I never really expected anything. I just play as hard
as I can and take my play to the next level.”

You spiked my interest with your decision to attend
Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.) as your next stop. (Exeter is well known for its academic program and its Harkness method of teaching.) You must have good grades.

“My first year I had mostly B’s and some C’s. Since
then I played catchup with mostly A’s and a few B’s".

How was your visit?

“I was impressed with the academic structure. I was able to sit in on some classes and listen. In the class they
sit at a round table. It felt like home.”

What classes are you going to take?

“I am going to take some advanced AP classes.”

What is your favorite subject?

“Anything to do with science.”

What was the last book you read?

“Frankenstein.” (Kyle laughs)

When did you start playing basketball?

“I was in the second grade. It was a team with the recreation department and my mother was the coach.”

What AAU team do you play for?

“The District.”

What venues have been the toughest?

“We just back from Pittsburgh that was pretty good. The tournament in Las Vegas was good also.”

By the way right now what schools have you been
involved with?

“George Mason, American, and Holy Cross. I am
looking for the right fit and they are all good schools.”

Mother’s Day is coming up, you have mentioned
Moms several times to me?

“My mother has been everything to me. When I
needed anything she was always their. Taking me to practice,
providing me with money to pay for my trips, she has done it all.”

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