Isaiah Whitehead is a 6′-4″, 195 pound shooting guard with a 6′-5″+ wingspan. He played high school basketball at famed Lincoln (NY) and was named Mr. Basketball for New York as a senior after averaging 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Whitehead signed with the Seton Hall Pirates during the early signing period, and is the first elite recruit to sign with Seton Hall since Eddie Griffin and Andre Barrett in 2000.
Upon entering high school at Lincoln (NY), Whitehead was immediately compared by some to the past stars that the school has had, which included in recent memory such luminaries as Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson. With that high bar set, it was perhaps inevitable that Whitehead did not initially live up to somewhat ridiculous expectations.
With that in mind, Whitehead’s tremendous performances over the spring and summer of 2013 vaulted him into being considered among the top shooting guards in the 2014 class nationally, and left some prominent colleges scrambling to re-prioritize their shooting guard lists. Whitehead eventually decided to stay close to home and picked Seton Hall, where he will once again encounter high expectations as he’ll be expected to take on a scoring role as a freshman, given his talent level.
The reality is that Whitehead frequently creates positive outcomes for his team offensively when the ball is in his hands. Certainly there will be an adjustment period to the Big East, but Whitehead is more than capable of being a standout down the line for the Pirates.
- Is capable of playing both guard slots with success.
- A strong competitor that gets after it on defense.
- Can create offense for his team off the bounce.
- Shot selection within game flow can be refined.
- Catch and shoot skills will need improvement.
- Will need to adjust to playing in more balanced team environment in college.