March 12, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State University men's basketball head coach Paul Lusk announced late Monday that guard Corey Copeland (So., Ft. Smith, Ark.) has requested his release from the program and will not return to the Bears next season.
"We're respectful of Corey's desire to continue his education and his basketball career elsewhere," Lusk said. "Corey is a good person, and we wish him all the best. On behalf of our team and our fans, we appreciate all of his contributions to our program during his two seasons at Missouri State."
Copeland played in 26 games for MSU this season, including a start against Tulsa on Nov. 26. He averaged just over nine minutes per outing and averaged 2.0 points and 0.9 rebounds for the year. He played in 51 games overall during his two years in Springfield.
His season was highlighted with career highs 11 points and 6 rebounds in a home win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 19. He also scored seven points twice this year, including a needed scoring spark in the West Virginia game (Dec. 22) in Las Vegas with a 3-for-5 shooting performance against the Mountaineers.
Copeland, who is a product of Northside High School in Fort Smith, Ark., indicated he will complete this semester at Missouri State and is considering several transfer options.