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4 Erik Copes

Appeared in 25 games, starting in 14…Finished second on the team in blocks (28) and rebounds (139/5.6 rpg)…Saw first action against Rhode Island (11/30) and recorded a block…Pulled down six rebounds against South Florida (12/4) and versus Oklahoma (12/8) in the BB&T Classic…Scored six points against Iowa State (12/22) to open the Diamond Head Classic…Contributed six points, five rebounds and three blocks in the win over Penn (1/2)…Secured 10 rebounds and added four points in Mason’s first A-10 game at VCU (1/9)…Followed that performance with six points and five rebounds against Saint Joseph’s (1/11)…Notched first double-figure scoring game at Fordham (1/22) on 5-of-7 shooting for 10 points…Recorded 10 points at Saint Louis (2/1) along with nine rebounds, including seven offensive…Had nine rebounds and five points against Dayton (2/5)…Scored season-high 12 points and matched career-high 15 rebounds at UMass (2/12)…Finished the season pulling down double-figure rebounds in three of final four contests…Secured 12 rebounds at George Washington (3/2) and followed it up with 10 rebounds at La Salle (3/6)…Capped the season with 11 rebounds and nine points versus Fordham in the A-10 Tournament (3/12).

Appeared in 34 games, all as a starter … Led the team in rebounding (204/6.0 rpg) and blocks (39) and was fifth in scoring (5.9 ppg) … Ranked ninth in blocks (1.1 bpg) and 14th in reboundingamong CAA players …  Scored in double figures nine times with six double-digit rebounding games …  Recorded three double-doubles … Swatted three blocks to go with five rebounds and four points in win over Boston University (Nov. 24) … Pulled down 11 rebounds and added eight points, two blocks and an assist in win at Rhode Island (Nov. 28) … Went a perfect 4-for-4 from the field en route to 10 points and added four rebounds, three blocks and an assist against UMBC (Dec. 4) … Tallied three blocks along with nine rebounds, seven rebounds and two assists against Northeastern (Jan. 3) … Posted first double-double of the year with 13 points (6-7 FG) and 10 rebounds in win over Delaware (Feb. 9) … Contributed 11 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal at Hofstra (Feb. 20) … Grabbed a career-high 15 boards and added 14 points, two blocks and a steal against Towson (Feb. 26) … Connected on seven of eight field goal attempts en  route to career-high 14 points at College of Charleston (Mar. 19) … Grabbed 14 rebounds with an assist and four points at Santa Clara (Apr. 1) … Fell one rebound short of a double-double with 10 points and two blocks against Broncos (Apr. 3) … In series finale, pulled down 11 rebounds and added seven points, a block and an assist (Apr. 5).

2011-12: Appeared in 27 games, all in a reserve role averaging 15 minutes per contest ... Pulled down 99 rebounds, scored 89 points and blocked 51 shots, the fifth-highest single-season total in program history ...  His 1.9 blocks per game average ranks third among single seasons in school history ... Also contributed seven steals and three assists ... Played 26 minutes in collegiate debut, recording six rebounds, two blocks and two points against Rhode Island (Nov. 11) ... Blocked three shots to go with six points and six reboundsin win over Monmouth (Nov. 15) ... Had a career-high nine points along with six rebounds and four blocks at Florida Atlantic (Nov. 19) ... Pulled down a career-best eight rebounds and added five points,a  block and an assist against Brown (Nov. 21) ... Contributed seven points, six rebounds, a block and a steal in win at Radford (Dec. 10) ... Also blocked four shots in back-to-back games against Duquesne and Manhattan (Dec. 21/23) ... Blocked seven shots, tied for second-most in a game by any Patriot, and added four rebounds and two points at Drexel ... Missed five games due to a back injury ... Scored seven points and added five rebounds, a steal and a block in win over Old Dominion (Feb. 4) ... Recorded six points, five rebounds and a block at UNCW (Feb. 11) ... Scored four points and two rebounds in CAA quarterfinal win over Georgia State (Mar. 3).

Prep: Four-year member of the Panthers' varsity basketball team ... Helped lead team to three consecutive Philadelphia Public League titles ... Averaged 10 rebounds, eight points and three blocks per game ... Earned first team All-State honors in 2011 and was an All-State second team selection following his junior season ... Was ranked the sixth-best center prospect in the nation and the 56th-best prospect overall by ESPNU ... Played three seasons with the Team Philly AAU squad.

Personal: Nickname is "Copes Kid" ... Mother is Rochetta Copes ... Uncle, Roland Houston, is an assistant coach at George Mason and played at Rhode Island as well as 13 seasons overseas ... Has three older siblings, Antoine, Keisha and Sharae ... Joined Mason after being released from National Letter of Intent at George Washington, and was also recruited by Connecticut, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech ... Major is integrated studies.


Position: Forward/Center
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 244
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
High School: Imhotep Charter
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