Strengths: The 7’0” center out of Arlington Grace Prep Academy is the nephew of former NBA center Isaac ‘Ike’ Austin, and he wears the eye-goggles to match ... Austin promises to be a top 5 pick in the NBA draft if he continues to improve ... He has immense length and uses it by blocking several shots and altering numerous others ... His timing is very good, knowing when to leap for a block and when to stay on the ground, even if he does lean in with his arms picking up unnecessary fouls ... His wingspan is in the neighborhood of 7’4”, and he can almost dunk on his tippy-toes ... He could end up 7’2” – 7’4” when he’s finished growing ... Austin also shows a great shooting touch and range out to the three-point line, which for his age and size is quite advanced ... He likes to work from the high post or top of the key, and looks for passes into the post and to cutters when his shot isn’t there ... You can see the talent is there, and he has a healthy fire inside of him and the willingness to get his team talking as a defensive leader.
Weaknesses: Besides long jumpers and shots out of pick and pop situations, Isaiah doesn’t have much of an offensive game ... His back-to-the-basket moves are extremely simple, and a little bit uncoordinated, and he gets pushed around down low due to his long thin frame ... However, he never hesitates to push back and always keeps two hands on the ball when initiating contact - both signs of a true, fundamental big-man at the next level ... He is very raw, and will need to bulk up and fill out his body to continue to be dominant on the court ... Right now, he’s a special talent, but is really just a shot-blocker/jump shooter.