By JASON MORROW
Special to ZAGSBLOG
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The fans at the 2013 City of Palms Classic have seen many great players over the course of the week at Bishop Verot High School, and one at the top of the list is Lincoln’s Isaiah Whitehead.
The Seton Hall signee put up a tournament-high 37 points for his opening act, helping his Lincoln Railsplitters to an 80-67 win over Decatur (Ga.) Greenforest Christian. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — As of Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning, it appeared that Brooklyn Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead might stay home and play for his hometown team — St. John’s.
Ranked No. 12 nationally by Scout.com, Whitehead would have been St. John’s first commit in the Class of 2014 and the program’s first McDonald’s All-American to remain at the school since Omar Cook in 2000.
“After we went to St. John’s [Wednesday], we sat there and we spoke to them,” Whitehead’s mother, Ericka Rambert, said Thursday at Lincoln. “Up until [Wednesday] night St. John’s was heavy on his mind. He was like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to give up on the city.’ Everybody was treating him, ‘Oh, stay home for New York City, New York City, New York City, New York City.
“But like he said, they recruited him, then they stopped. He was like in awe with them, like ‘Do they really want me?”
Whitehead ultimately picked Seton Hall in part because they promised to make him the face of the program and give him immediate playing time as a freshman.
At St. John’s, Whitehead would have entered a crowded backcourt in 2014 that currently includes incoming freshman point guard Rysheed Jordan, along with juniors D’Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene, among others. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — When Isaiah Whitehead committed to Seton Hall on Thursday afternoon, he automatically became the highest-ranked player in the Class of 2014 committed to a Big East school, according to the Scout.com rankings.
In fact, Seton Hall now has the two highest-rated incoming recruits, with Whitehead at No. 12 and forward Angel Delgado at No. 42. (See chart below.)
Remember that Syracuse, Louisville and UConn are among those no longer in the Big East, so other top commits who would have played in the Big East are now headed to other conferences.
For example, Syracuse pledge Chris McCullough of New York is No. 15, UConn pledge Daniel Hamilton is No. 19 and Louisville commit Shaqquan Aaron is No. 32. To read more of this story, click here
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