COLLEGE: FLORIDA STATE
WEIGHT: 210 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD/POWER FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LOTTERY PICK (TOP 13)
PLAYER SUMMARY: Leonard Hamilton has done a very good job with the Seminoles this year as they have been a top 15 team as of this profile. A main reason why is because of the highly touted Isaac.
When watching Jonathan Isaac play, you can see why NBA scouts are enamored with him. He is a 6’11 SF/PF with excellent all-around skills. He sports a 7′ foot wingspan, which benefits him tremendously. When evaluating his overall game, he is a very good athlete who shows very good ball-handling and passing ability.
The former high school All-American and 5-star recruit impresses us with his shooting stroke. He has a real smooth stroke for a player his size and can get his shot off at anytime and anywhere on the floor. We like the fact that he can make the mid-range jump-shot. We believe not enough players use the mid-range jump-shot and this will be a nice weapon in his offensive arsenal. Isaac has range out to the 3-point line as well, although he needs to become more consistent shooting it.
His overall offensive skill-set is very intriguing. We have seen him use fadeaways and step back jumpers. If he can continue to improve these moves, he will be very difficult to defend because of his height.
He is very good in the transition game as Florida State has been employing an uptempo style of play this year. The freshmen is solid attacking the glass at both ends of the court. However, we believe he needs to improve in this area. He currently averages 7.5 rebounds per game. We believe this is a low number. Our reasoning is because Isaac is rail-thin. At 6’11”, he only weighs around 210 pounds, maybe even less.
Although he shows all the offensive skills necessary to be efficient and productive at the NBA level in time, his weight and rebounding are a concern to us. He desperately needs to gain weight and strength for the next level. While he displays nice lateral quickness and the ability/potential to defend, will he be able to physically handle NBA players?
Another major question is what position does he play at the NBA level? Is he a SF or a “stretch-4”? We have been going back and forth and believe SF will probably be the position he begins his NBA career at. Our belief is he is just to light to guard PF’s.
We like the potential of Jonathan Isaac. He is a very talented player and if all goes right he can be a really good NBA player. There are also concerns that we have, which were mentioned. We would really like to see him come back to FSU for his sophomore year so he can improve on his weaknesses and develop his body. However, all indications point to him leaving as he is considered by many to be a lottery pick.
Isaac has all the traits NBA personnel look for in a high draft pick. His talent is undeniable. It is just our belief that it is going to take a few years and patience from an NBA team for all that talent to shine. NBA personnel love the word “potential” and he has plenty of it. His potential will most likely make him a 2017 NBA lottery pick.
To read our 2016 high school player profile on Jonathan Isaac, VIEW HERE.
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