Konchalski: Whitehead Expected to Be McDonald’s All-American

The rosters for the McDonald’s All-American Game won’t be revealed until February, but at least one member of the selection committee believes Isaiah Whitehead should make the game.

“First of all, I think he made the McDonald’s All-American Game with his performance in the Elite 24,” Konchalski told SNY.tv in reference to Whitehead’s 26-point outing in the game last month in Brooklyn.

“I think he’s one of the top five guards in the nation. I really think  he’s had a very good summer. He’s improved tremendously. He worked purposely on his game. He’s become a very, very good shooter thanks to [his trainer] Jason Hernandez and he’s a guy who can really pass.”

Konchalski believes Whitehead played better ball this summer than Rashad Vaughn of Findlay Prep, considered by many the top two guard in the Class of 2014.

“Rashad Vaughn is bigger and stonger and people think he’s going to be one-and- done,” Konchalski said. “He’s closer phsycially to being able to take that step to the level beyond.

“But Isaiah Whitehead I think is a better basketball player. He can do more things and has a better understanding of the game.”

On Saturday, Whitehead took an unofficial visit to Seton Hall following school visits this week with Minnesota and Pittsburgh. He is also considering Arizona, UCLA, Syracuse and Louisville, among others.

Although Whitehead has kept his recruitment close to the vest, he said at the Elite 24 Game that one of his goals was to make the McDonald’s Game.

“Oh definitely,” he said. “McDonald’s All-American is my dream so hopefully I get chosen for it.”

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