NEW YORK — Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard has already hired one assistant coach with ties to a highly-touted 2014 recruit.
Is Willard on the brink of hiring a second?
“Coach Willard is a guy who’s hungry,” Brooklyn Lincoln coach Tiny Morton said shortly after his star guard, 6-foot-4 likely McDonald’s All-American Isaiah Whitehead, chose Seton Hall over St. John’s and others Thursday afternoon. “He didn’t win any championships so he’s going to probably do what he’s gotta do to make sure everybody is successful.”
About a month after 6-9 rebounding machine Angel Delgado committed to Seton Hall in August, Seton Hall officially hired one of Delgado’s mentors, former Manhattan and St. Raymond’s coach Oliver Antigua.
There had been rumblings all summer on the recruiting circuit about a potential Antigua/Delgado package, and Seton Hall ultimately made it come to fruition. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Seton Hall’s recruiting momentum has been building steam for several weeks, and the freight train is now humming at full speed.
On Thursday afternoon at Lincoln High School, likely McDonald’s All-American Isaiah Whitehead announced he would play for Seton Hall, joining a recruiting class that already includes Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington and Ismael Sanogo.
“I’ll be taking my talents to Seton Hall University,” he said as he held up a blue Pirates T-shirt.
Seton Hall pitched that Whitehead could be the face of the program going forward.
“It appealed to me greatly, that’s the reason I’m going there to tell you the truth. I picked Seton Hall to try to bring the program back to where it should be,” he added.
Whitehead joins his friend Carrington, along with Delgado and Sanogo in a really strong class.
“It would certainly be a breakthrough recruiting class for Seton Hall, with the guys they have,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here
In what must be considered a stunning development, Isaiah Whitehead will announce his college choice this Thursday.
“I Will Be Choosing Between St. John’s, Seton Hall, Pitt, Minnesota and Indiana Thursday At My High School At 2:30,” Whitehead Tweeted.
Syracuse, Arizona, UCLA and Louisville had also been involved at various times, but are now out. SNY.tv reported over the summer that there was no longer mutual interest with Syracuse, and The Post-Standard confirmed that with this story.
Brooklyn Lincoln AD Renan Ebeid sent a text message saying there would be a press conference Thursday at 2:30 in which “our very own Isaiah Whitehead makes his official announcement on what his future plans are.”
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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.” To read more of this story, click here
Isaiah Whitehead has done a great job of keeping his recruiting cards close to the vest, and today two more schools will make their pitch to the 2014 Brooklyn Lincoln shooting guard.
Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino and assistant Kimani Young will visit with Whitehead in Brooklyn, as will Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon and assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen.
Minnesota is in the midst of a huge week in which they saw Findlay Prep guard Rashad Vaughn, a Minnesota native, work out Monday, and also had a home visit with Minnesota point guard Tyus Jones Tuesday. To read more of this story, click here
Isaiah Whitehead enjoyed his weekend visit to Indiana and plans to return for an official visit, Lincoln head coach Tiny Morton told SNY.tv Tuesday.
“It went very well,” said Morton, who accompanied Whitehead. “There were a lot of questions answered. It was a great visit.”
Morton said Whitehead could potentially play either guard spot at Indiana, which just recently offered the New York City star.
“It’s open, he has a chance to play both positions if he wants,” Morton said. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — On the eve of his unofficial visit to Indiana Sunday, Isaiah Whitehead put on a show in Brooklyn.
The 6-foot-4 Brooklyn Lincoln guard scored 26 points and earned co-MVP honors as Team Coney Island survived a late threat from Team Bed Stuy to win the Elite 24 game, 114-109, in a nationally televised game played under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Tyus Jones earned co-MVP honors for Team Coney Island, while Stanley Johnson and Emmanuel Mudiay, who announced for SMU at halftime, won the honors for Team Bed Stuy.
“I just wanted to show out,” Whitehead said. “This is my hometown. All these guys flew in, so I just wanted to show them what Brooklyn basketball is all about.”
Whitehead said he felt no pressure despite playing in front of a packed crowd in his home borough.
“I’ve dealt with pressure my whole life, so this is nothing to me now,” he said.
Whitehead was set to fly to Indiana on Sunday during a weekend when the Hoosiers will also host recently de-committed shooting guard James Blackmon, as well as Virginia shooting guard Robert Johnson and 2015 New Jersey wing Malachi Richardson. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Brooklyn Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead will visit Indiana on Sunday following the Elite 24 game Saturday night in Brooklyn, Lincoln coach Tiny Morton confirmed to SNY.tv.
“Yes, it’s been talked about for a while,” Morton said.
In the above interview with SNY.tv, Whitehead said of Indiana: “They’re showing me a lot of love. They have a great fanbase. The coaches are great. Noah Vonleh has been talking to me a little bit about the school, so it’s just a great program.”
Asked if will take an official to Indiana, Whitehead said, “Yeah, definitely.”
Indiana recently saw shooting guard James Blackmon decommit, but Blackmon will visit Indiana Saturday and Michigan State Sunday, according to Jeff Rabjohns.
Virginia shooting guard Robert Johnson, who is considering seven schools including Indiana, also arrives at Indiana Saturday evening, and 2015 New Jersey wing Malachi Richardson also visits this weekend. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Brooklyn Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead is planning to commit this fall.
“I’ll probably commit right before senior year,” the 6-foot-4 Whitehead told SNY.tv at the Big Strick Classic, also telling the New York Post he will probably pull the trigger by November.
Whitehead said in the above video he’s considering Syracuse, Arizona, UCLA, To read more of this story, click here
After spending time in Los Angeles at an Under Armour event, Brooklyn Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead has added interest or offers from a trio of new schools but is still focusing on some old stalwarts.
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Coney Island, N.Y., added an offer from Miami and interest from Arizona and UCLA.
“I think he’s picked up his game right now,” Lincoln coach Tiny Morton told SNY.tv. “A lot of schools that were recruiting other people are now jumping onto the bandwagon.” To read more of this story, click here