This certainly doesn’t come as a shock to anyone who saw him play at the Elite 24 last month, but one of the members of the McDonald’s All-American selection committee said that he expects Lincoln High School’s guard Isaiah Whitehead to be named to the prestigious team when the roster is announced in Feb.
“First of all, I think he made the McDonald’s All-American Game with his performance in the Elite 24,” selection committee member Tom Konchalski told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv.
“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 went on to compare Whitehead to Rashad Vaughn, a player that many consider to be one of the few better than Whitehead at the shooting guard position. He said that while Vaughn may be more physically gifted, he called Whitehead the, “better basketball player…(that) can do more things and has a better understanding of the game.”
This would be a big deal to Whitehead if he is chosen to be an All-American. He has often spoken about what an honor it would be and has made no secret of his desire to be selected to the team. McDonald’s All-American is my dream so hopefully I get chosen for it,” he told Zagoria.
Whitehead is one of few highly talented high school seniors yet to commit to a program. He virtually has offers from everywhere. He recently got back from unofficial visits to Indiana and Seton Hall and enjoyed both. He is planning another unofficial visit to St. John’s on Wednesday. He told the Eagle during the Elite 24 that he’s looking forward to committing sometime in Nov.