Lincoln High School’s Isaiah Whitehead played in the Big Strick Classic over the weekend and starred as he won the three-point shooting competition and then scored 16 points in the All-Star game. Here is a scouting report from the game via Eldon Khorshidi of SLAM Online followed by a four and a half minute highlight video. Enjoy.
Isaiah Whitehead (Lincoln HS)
2014, PG, 6-4, 195
Offers from Syracuse, Arizona, UCLA and others
No matter who’s matched up against him, Isaiah will compete his butt off—we saw him battle with Archie Goodwin two summers ago, and Andrew Harrison last year.
This year it was more of the same, except Whitehead showcased something we hadn’t seen before: unlimited range on a smooth jump shot. Whitehead took home the 3–point contest crown, and in Friday’s scrimmage he hit a few near-half-court contested jump shots.
His shooting mechanics need work, as he releases the ball just above his chest, but his jumpshot has noticeaby improved. He’s in-between a point guard and shooting guard, but if he’s going to play at the next level it will be at PG. In order to make this transition, he’ll need to work on his passing, as he’s more of a scoring guard right now.
Whitehead is one of the best attackers in the class, and has a vast offensive arsenal to break his man down and put the ball in the hoop. Whitehead always had immense talent, but he would often take ill-advised shots and have tunnel vision with the basketball. Now, he’s found a comfortable balance, showing a willingness to reverse the ball and play within the offense, and then attack if an opportunity presents itself. In my estimation, right now Whitehead is the best guard in New York.