15 - Isaiah Whitehead

Seton Hall 

  • Birthday: 3/8/95
  • NBA Position: PG/SG
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-4
  • Wt: 210
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
  • High School: Abraham Lincoln
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NBA Comparison: Anthony Peeler

Strengths: NBA-ready body frame ... Has the size and strength to play either guard position in the NBA at 6-foot-4, 210-pounds with a 6' 8.75'' wingspan ... Finished in the top-10 in almost every category at the NBA combine's athletic testing ... Versatile combo-guard at the college level ... Good court vision in the half court ... Above-average/underrated passer and capable of creating for teammates ... Showed solid instincts distributing the ball off the dribble and out of the pick-and-roll ... Ball-handling skills have improved ... Impressive scoring instincts ... Has shown flashes of being able to operate out of pick-and-roll situations ... Does a good job of utilizing screens ... Shows a nice combination of quickness (has a quick first step) and body control when in attack mode ... Attacking guard who has the ability to finish at the basket through contact ... Is strong with the ball on straight line drives ... When he does finish, he often does so creatively (knack for acrobatic finishes) ... Has a knack for consistently drawing fouls and getting to the line...Can create for himself in space ... Thrives in transition because of his aggression when attacking the basket ... Capable of knocking down shots from beyond the arc (developing three-point shooter) ... Has the ability to knock down quick pull-up jumpers off the dribble ... Has a solid step back jumper ... A tough defender with potential to good at the next level because he seems to possess good instincts on that end of the floor and has good athleticism ... Plays defense with good intensity, a high motor, and great effort...Forces turnovers ... Uses his solid physical frame to his advantage (played inside for short stretches) ... Hard for players to get by him because of his build and quickness on the perimeter ... Known as a player who does a little bit of everything for his team (scores, rebounds, steals, blocks, etc.) ... Blocks more shots than most guards because of his height ... Plays with a chip on his shoulder ...

Weaknesses: Can he continue to develop as a point guard? ... Not overly explosive but he does possess some explosiveness ... Struggles with his shot selection ... Needs to take more efficient shots ... Questionable decision-making leads to an overall lack of offensive efficiency ... Seems to play at an extremely high level of intensity in spurts, but not sure he is able to sustain that over an 82 game season ... Tries to drive to the rim when there's too many defenders in the paint ... Needs to work on shooting/shot making consistency, especially from the 2-point/mid-range ... Mid-range game is a work in progress ... Isn't a good enough three-point shooter to rely on that part of his game ... Settles for too many stepback jumpers at times ... Has no rhythm on his spot-up/catch-and-shoot jumpers ... Shot 38% from the field, including 36 percent from 3-point range last season ... His shooting mechanics are inconsistent ... Has trouble finishing in the paint and around the basket against length ... His questionable decision-making affects him greatly when trying to score in traffic ... He's turnover prone because of his tendency to force bad passes....Often has tunnel vision ... Defensively, he'll need to improve on his lateral quickness ... Has room for improvement in his defensive awareness and fundamentals ... Lack of length is concerning on the defensive end at the next level ... Will he be as versatile at the next level? His size may limit how much he can play at the shooting guard position ... Sometimes plays out of control ...

Overall: Whitehead, 21, is coming off a successful sophomore season at Seton Hall in which he led the program to its first Big East Tournament championship since 1993 ... He also led the Pirates to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 years ... The Brooklyn native averaged 18.2 points, 5.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 steals, and 2.4 three-point field goals made in 32.3 minutes of action per game ... After an injury-riddled freshman season, Whitehead was named to the First Team All-Big East and the Big East Tournament's Most Outstanding Player this past season ... He started to see the success that many thought he would have after coming to Seton Hall as a McDonald's All-American and top-20 prospect in the class of 2014 ... Whitehead showed a lot of improvement from his freshman to sophomore season ... He showcased his all-around game as the team's primary point guard, including his ability to hit the three, facilitate and defend, and has solid physical gifts standing at 6-foot-4, 210-pounds with a 6'8.75'' wingspan ... Scouts are concerned with his offensive efficiency, including his subpar mid-range game and struggles with finishing against length in traffic, and decision-making ... Although there are some holes in his game like most young players, Whitehead does have NBA potential and should continue to show that he's worthy of a late first-round or early second-round pick ...

Notes: Measured 6' 3.25'' barefoot, 6' 4.5'' in shoes, 210.0 lbs, 6' 8.75'' wingspan, and 8' 4'' standing reach at the 2016 NBA Draft Combine ... Measured 6'4 (in shoes) 195 lbs with a 6'5.5 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Guard Skills Academy ...

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