COLLEGE: SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
WEIGHT: 210 POUNDS
AGE: 21 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POINT GUARD/SHOOTING GUARD
2015-2016 STATISTICS: 18.2pts, 5.1ast, 3.6reb
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE FIRST-EARLY SECOND(STOCK IS RISING)
NBA DRAFT COMPARISON: TIM HARDAWAY (SENIOR)
PLAYER SUMMARY: Isaiah Whitehead was the highest ranked recruit in years for the Seton Hall Pirates. He showed glimpses of that talent during his freshmen campaign 2 years ago. However, he was inconsistent. Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard made a bold move this past season and converted the 6’4″ New York native into a point guard. This move played out as well as it could have and did wonders for the Pirates as well as Whitehead and his NBA career aspirations. We believe Isaiah Whitehead is one of the 2016 NBA Draft’s most underrated players who has a chance to be a very special NBA player and the steal of the entire draft.
Whitehead already has an NBA body. His size and strength allows him to get to the hoop and finish with contact with regularity. He has improved his passing this past season as well as his decision-making. These 2 skills are crucial for a point guard. The sophomore played shooting guard his freshmen season so he has experience playing both back-court positions. This versatility will only help him once he gets to the NBA.
The former high school All-American has improved his once suspect jump-shot, although he still needs to improve his mid-range and outside shooting, which can be improved through constant repetitions. He is an outstanding rebounder for his size and is a very good on-ball defender. There have been concerns with Whitehead’s attitude in the past, however he showed very good leadership abilities this past season for a Seton Hall team that was very young.
In our opinion, Isaiah Whitehead is being overlooked by many analysts and scouts who believe he is not a first round draft pick. Whitehead is just scratching the surface of his immense talent and took a big leap forward with his play this past season. He is just as talented as many of the guards in this years draft who project to be selected higher. We believe his talent will shine through while working out for NBA teams before the draft. Whitehead should end up being a late first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and in time he can be an excellent NBA player.
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