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Erik Copes says his uncle followed him to George Mason, not the other way around

George Mason Basketball: Erik Copes says his uncle followed him to George Mason, not the other way around

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Erik Copes says his uncle followed him to George Mason, not the other way around

Very interesting article today from on Erik Copes moving from George Washington to George Mason. According to Copes he made the decision to leave GW after the firing of Karl Hobbs and  it just so worked out that his uncle ended up with him at George Mason to work under Paul Hewitt. Here are the quotes:
"I know," Copes said, laughing. "Everybody thinks I'm just following him. This time, he followed me."

"Everything that happened at GW [the firing of coach Karl Hobbs] really hurt me," said Copes, "because I'd been around that program since I was 13 years old. I had my heart set on going there. I did talk to people at GW, even [higher-ups in the administration]. They wanted me to stay.

"But I wanted to check other options. I wasn't sure how this was going to play out. My desire has always been to play college ball under my uncle. If my uncle didn't find a school that was going to make him happy, he was going to get out of coaching and just take a job in an office, or something. But he knew George Mason would be a good situation, and that the new coach [Paul Hewitt] has had a lot of success, so things worked out, now he's on the staff and we'll be there together."
The way the news originally broke it certainly seemed like the other way around. Regardless of the means of Copes getting here, he's here and will be a force on the Patriots next season.  It will be interesting to see his early role on next season's team considering Hewitt has a guard heavy offense and Mike Morrison and Ryan Pearson are fully entrenched as starters in the front court. 



Anonymous Scottranda said...

It appears that Luke Hancock is transfer to Louisville. Will be missed (good spark plug) and wish him the best. GMU Has some talented guards returning and a freshman comming. Bit nervous but still confident that someone will step up to fill in.  

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Scottranda said...


10:22 PM  
Anonymous psyclone said...

Seems like the picture on the masthead of this blog is due for a change.  Andre and Hewitt perhaps?

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Taylormade703 said...

 Add either one of them.  I wouldn't do anybody else.  Just those.  Next season will be a different story.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Taylormade703 said...

Who is the starting 5 going to be?   Figure Pearson, Morrison and Cornelius are locks.  But past that.

Bennet?  Wright?  Arledge?  Allen?  Vaughns?  Other?

BTW, could either Morrison or Pearson play a little small forward, then we could go with Copes plus them for a big lineup, even if it's just for a few minutes at a time?

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Guest said...

 In the little that we've seen of him, I think Arledge would make a better 3 than Pearson or Morrison or even Bennett (provided he gets time there in practice and works hard). But, why is everyone obsessed with finding a true 3? Plenty of teams have had success with 3 guard sets. Villanova even had success with a 4 guard lineup a couple of years ago. I would predict that our starting 5 would be DJ, Wright, Allen, Pearson, Morrison. 1st set of backups being Edwards, Vaughns, Gray, Williams, Copes. Bennett and Arledge will get plenty of time in the rotation at the 3 and 4. And Thomas will score this year!

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Taylormade703 said...

 By "DJ" do you mean Cornelius?

My concern isn't the offensive end - we'll score points.  My concern is more defensively.  Who will guard the other teams 6-5 small forward?

That's my concern.  And what is the status on the third assistant coach?

12:56 PM  
Anonymous ChemistCorner1 said...

Third asst coach needs to have a good family member that can play right away for us

2:23 PM  
Anonymous GMURULES said...

I really love Hancock, but will really be surprised if he gets any substantial PT ot Louisville.  God bless him and his family.  He is a great kid!!  Will miss him.

6:38 PM  
Anonymous out1aw said...

Hancock is a 6 foot 5 guard who can do it all. It's guys like this that make mid-major programs competitive with major programs. If it's true; it stinks.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

This is not a major surprise as this off season saw Florida and Louisville lose all of their assistant.  Petino got his son back on his staff then went and got Luke's coach from Hargrove Milt. Acad.  For Luke: I still don't really get it, he will have a year (he doesn't have to sit because Coach L left) and then Louiseville will bring some blue chip that will likely eclipse him in his senior year.  He's a better fit for our school.  I'm not sure I understand why he felt like he wouldn't fit with Hewitt.  Yes he got some extra love form Coach L but he also contributed.  For us: Some people thought this was going to be a hit from a ball handling perspective-I don't think so, neither Luke not Andre should be the PG.  Some people this would be bad for team leadership-I have a hard time believing Pearson won't be the Cam of this year. It is loss because he would drive and racked up assists but I also think we expect Sherrod to be the same kind of player.  Maybe Sherrod's progress made Luke think as well.  Sorry to see Luke go, good luck, I hope it's not a bust!  Pearson will need fire power from Andre, Sherrod and Johnny will have to continue to develop and were doing to have to see more from Morrison on both ends, more consistency from Vertrial and sophmores and freshman need to bring it.

9:16 PM  

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