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Malakoff honors Copeland with jersey retirement

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MALAKOFF–The Malakoff High School athletic program honored Klayton Copeland by retiring his number, 24, Dec. 14 at Malakoff High School.
Copeland graduated in 2021 with many academic and athletic honors. He was named to the All-State and All-District Academic Honor Rolls.
As a four-year letterman of the basketball team from 2017-2021, Copeland received many accolades each year. As a member of the MHS team, he scored over 1,300 points; as with all Copeland achieved, he accomplished this with a sense of class. His hustle, determination, dedication and selflessness never went unnoticed.
Copeland was District honorable mention during his freshman year, despite only playing six district games due to an injury. 
His sophomore year, he was East Texas Playoff Preview Player of the Game, District Co-Offensive MVP, Class 3A All-Region and All-East Texas. 
In Copeland’s junior year, he was the Trinity Health Athlete of the Week, All-Tournament at the Nichols Christmas Classic, 18-3A Offensive MVP, 3A All-Region, Class 3A All-State First Team, All-East Texas and member of the 1,000-Point club. 
His senior year, Copeland was named District MVP, All-District First Team, All-Henderson County First Team, All-East Texas First Team, All-Region and All-State.
Copeland played on the NBA Marcus Smart and Jermaine O’Neal (Drive Nation) and is featured on the Drive Nation website.
Copeland received offers from several D3 and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics universities in basketball and track. He also had a D1 track offer from the Naval Academy, choosing to play at Clarendon College. His first start as forward came Dec. 1. 
Alongside playing basketball, Copeland owns DROPPING DIMES INC., inspired by his love of basketball.