Isaiah Whitehead, New York’s next big sensation and the 35th ranked 2014 recruit according to ESPN is no longer considering Louisville. The news comes through tweets from Adam Zagoria and Evan Daniels.
Hailing from the Mecca of basketball, Whitehead is currently enrolled at Lincoln High School. That is the same school that New York legends like Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson played their high school basketball. Those three players were some of the most hyped prospects in recent memory, especially Telfair who once shared a SLAM magazine cover with Lebron James proclaiming them as the next big thing.
The challenge laid out for the young Whitehead is to avoid falling for the traps that have been set for him. Getting hype from New York is a major thing in the world of basketball and a lot of players fall prey to it. Marbury was a talented all star who eventually struggled with the mental side of the game and left for China. Telfair was never able to match the high expectations that were placed on him and Stephenson is only now starting to turn the corner after a rocky start to his NCAA and pro careers.
It seems like Whitehead is determined not to let expectations dictate his career and let his game do the talking. All summer, the shooting guard has been talked about as a riser in his class and appears to be working at hard at improving every facet of his game. While scoring may be his best asset, Whitehead has the tools and the size to be a very effective all around player.
Currently the frontrunners for Whitehead’s commitment appear to be Syracuse, Arizona and UCLA. New Yorkers are probably hoping for the Syracuse Orange to come out as the winners so that he can play at home but only time will tell where Whitehead decides to land. The only thing that is certain is that, whichever team does get his skills will instantly benefit from them.