His top selection was by the Niagara River Lions who are entering their inaugural season in the league. Copes last played for the Patriots last season, before leaving the team in December due to personal reasons. In his four year career he started in 48 games and ranks fourth all-time in George Mason history in blocks with 122, including a 51 block season his freshman year.
Throughout his time at George Mason, Copes had numerous off of the court issues. His career included two suspensions, one in 2012 of three games, and one in 2013 for six games.
Coming into his college career Copes was ranked 55th overall and 6th at the center position by ESPN.com. With his recruitment, he was the highest ranked incoming freshman in program history and gave a huge boost the Patriot faithful. After showing promise his freshman season, he never rose to the level many Mason fans wanted him to reach.
Copes will become the first player from his class to play professionally. The Niagara River Lions will play in the Central Division of the NBL of Canada this upcoming season. The NBL was formed in 2011 with originally seven teams. This season there will be nine teams competing.