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South Florida signs Miami guard

South Florida men's coach Seth Greenberg wrapped up his recruiting season when he signed Miami Killian shooting guard William Copeland to be the fourth member of USF's next freshman class.

Copeland, a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder from Sweden, was Miami-Dade County's second-leading scorer his senior season. His coach, Bob Kaufman, rated him "a steal" for USF.

"He will make it, and he's quite a find for Coach Greenberg," Kaufman said. "He's going to make an impact next year. He's not going to be a typical freshman."

Typical he is not. A native of Stockholm (his father was stationed there while in the Navy and decided to stay and raise a family), Copeland came to the United States by himself two years ago in hope of playing his way to a college scholarship.

He had other visits planned but said: "I went to South Florida first and loved the place. I figured there's no use going anywhere else."

As a senior, Copeland averaged 22.7 points, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals and was first-team all-Miami-Dade County. But Kaufman was most impressed by this statistic: Killian was 21-2 with Copeland and 0-6 when he was out with a hip pointer injury.

At USF, Copeland will fit into the backcourt mix with Haven Jackson, a sophomore next season, and senior Anddrikk Frazier. Copeland is also expected to play point guard.

"He can really shoot the ball," Greenberg said. "We wanted to bring in a guy that can play more than one position and make shots. He's a competitor, a terrific student and very mature, obviously, coming to this country on his own."

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