Isaiah Washington will soon become a household name. Get to know the future NBA star.
If you’ve never heard of 4-star guard Isaiah Washington, you may want to become acclimated with the young star. Hailing from the Bronx, NY, Washington has emerged as one of the top-100 players in the nation and #1 ranked point guard in the state. The St. Raymond High School (Bronx, NY) standout doesn’t shy away from adding a healthy dose of flashiness to his impeccable play style.
What makes Isaiah such a great young talent is his ability to break down defenders with nifty crossover moves and finding crafty ways to finish at the rim. As easy as it is for him to find his game, he’s no stranger to setting up teammates. A talented distributor, Washington often blows by opponents drawing help defense then drops off timely passes to cutting teammates.
Jordan Brand Classic
Washington was sensational in his final competition as a high school athlete. The 16th Annual Jordan Brand Classic returned to the Barclays Center on Friday, showcasing the Class of XXXI. Washington joined 21 other talented players in the Boys Regional game and didn’t fail to amaze fans.
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Albeit a non-defensive exhibition game, Washington showed why he was named New York State Mr. Basketball. He impressed onlookers as he totaled 20 points, 15 assists and four rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Using a bevy of finessed drives to the rim and excellent court vision, the 6-foot-1 guard stayed involved in nearly every possession while on the court.
The New York product was easily a crowd favorite. While Washington’s teammates headed to the locker room following the game, he was seen walking over to fans gathered behind a basket. There he greeted and took pictures with many who made up the growing mob. I’m certain moments like that will come frequently throughout his career.
What’s Next For Isaiah Washington?
Washington garnered the interest of schools such as VCU, Seton Hall and Providence due in part to his stellar skills. Ultimately, Minnesota Assistant Coach Kimani Young was able to get a commitment from Isaiah. Young had been recruiting the guard since his freshman year. 3-star guard and fellow JBC Regional game participant Jamir Harris will join Washington in Minnesota.
The duo will join Junior guard Nate Mason next season, bolstering a once depleted backcourt. After losing guard Kevin Dorsey (transfer), Coach Richard Pitino is in for a treat to say the least.
The Golden Gophers had a great regular season, finishing 24-10 (11-7 Big 10) but were upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Middle Tennessee State. With the help of Washington and Harris, Minnesota will be a force in the Big 10 and hopefully make a deeper run during March Madness.