Busting Brackets

Indiana in the Mix for Whitehead


Mar 28, 2013; Washington, D.C., USA; The Indiana Hoosiers perform during the first half of the semifinals of the East regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament against the Syracuse Orange at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

After James Blackmon Jr re-opened his commitment, it left a huge hole in Indiana’s guard depth chart for the 2014-15 season. They haven’t exactly sat around bemoaning their fortune since then and have reached out to Isaiah Whitehead. The 35th ranked guard in the class of 2014 had not been in contact with Indiana until this week but now they appear to be right in the mix.

Whitehead is tremendously skilled and is only getting better. Considered a combo guard, he would like to play point guard in college and has been progressively improving both his ball handling and passing ability throughout his high school career.

So far, Whitehead is scheduled to make official visits at UCLA, Syracuse, Arizona, Miami and Indiana. Many people believe that Syracuse is the favorite to land the Lincoln high school guard due to his New York heritage. Whitehead is the latest in a line of highly touted players coming out of the New York high school, following Lance Stephenson, Sebastian Telfair and Stephon Marbury.

While Indiana may not have Whitehead in the bag just yet, the fact that they have been able to join the game so late is a good sign for them. Blackmon insists that Indiana is still his favorite school but for the time being, they have to react as if he was not coming back. While Whitehead may be ranked a few spots lower than Blackmon, he could have more potential to be an all around player for the Hoosiers in the long run. One thing is for certain, coach Tom Crean isn’t going to let a gaping hole in the roster last very long because Indiana is a competitive school and they are looking to win it all every year.