The big news yesterday was that Lincoln High School star guard Isaiah Whitehead has committed to Seton Hall University, but the undercard to that story is that Lincoln’s head coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton is expected to join him there as an assistant coach, according to Zach Braziller of the NY Post.
Morton, who was aggressive in trying to get a coaching job at St. John’s last summer, would neither confirm nor deny the rumor as he simply said, “I expect to coach Lincoln until somebody offers me a job that’s appealing enough for me to leave.”
When reporters asked Whitehead’s mother, Ericka Lambert, whether it was a package deal, she also did not confirm or deny the rumor and said, “I don’t know. I’m just mom, I’m only worried about where my son is going to go.”
It’s worth noting that Morton’s name has already been removed from the Public School Athletic League’s website as the Lincoln head coach. Nothing is official yet, but it sure sounds as if he’ll be joining Whitehead.
This would be great for Seton Hall as Morton, who is also director of the AAU Juice All-Stars, would serve as an excellent recruitment tool for players in Brooklyn and New York City.
It is not against the rules for a college to take a player and a coach from the same high school at the same time. John Calipari hired Milt Wagner to land Dejuan Wagner for Memphis.