Isaiah Whitehead raising NBA Draft stock at Combine

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Seton Hall standout Isaiah Whitehead had a successful outing on Thursday during the second day of the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, raising his draft stock along the way.

Some neutrals and a few readers of this site were remarking on Twitter about how Whitehead was impressing on ESPN2, which aired today’s workouts and scrimmages.

While DraftExpress — who don’t have Isaiah on their mock draft board — disagreed, they appear to be in the minority as a handful of NBA franchises have expressed interest by interviewing Seton Hall’s floor general while also setting up workouts.

The biggest news comes in the form of Isaiah coming out and telling reporters that he will 100-percent stay in the Draft if he hears he is a first-rounder by enough NBA front offices.

While that’s not exactly surprising, it is clarifying to see a definitive statement from Whitehead, who will wait until after he works out for a handful of teams between now and May 24th; he has until the 25th to remove his name from consideration.

Per Zach Braziller of the New York Post, the 76ers Pacers, Celtics and Bulls have all seen enough from Whitehead to warrant a workout. Zach has also reported that a few other teams have interviewed Whitehead, including the New York Knicks.

Philadelphia (24th, 26th), Indiana (20th) and Boston (23rd, 31st, 35th) all have a handful of picks right around Isaiah’s late-first early-second projected range.

While anything can happen over the next two weeks, the Seton Hall coaching staff has been recruiting as if Isaiah Whitehead is gone — perhaps fans should prepare themselves accordingly.

Isaiah’s game projects highly in a workout/combine environment and his relatively low national exposure over the course of the 2015-16 season has been flipped on its head as his stock appears to only be increasing.

  • Matt

    He single handedly made SHU basketball fun again. Best if luck on anything he decides.

    • LBP

      I agree– I would tell him to do a Dunn year but I think he will stay in the draft

  • PadrePirate

    Good for him, of course. But is there any upside for SHU? Does it help recruits to see that a pirate can go first round? Add any prestige, etc to console our loss?

    Chris mentions the staff recruiting as if…

    Will we have to wait until may 25 to know who? Did TT commit to MichSt?

    • Of course it helps. Seton Hall has had only 1 active player at most (Dalembert) in the league for a few years now. Not very well known among younger crowds, so a face like Whitehead — especially if he succeeds — will help. Have the feeling he’s the type of kid who would rep SH in the league too.

      As for the staff, yes they’ve been recruiting as if IW is gone for awhile now. TT did not commit anywhere to my knowledge. That front has been quiet.

  • Despite my earlier tweet, hearing positive things here

    • Fishjam

      He says the finalists are Missouri, Maryland, Seton Hall and Texas Tech. He’s changed hus list several times over the last year but Seton Hall is the only school that has been on the list every time and 247 Sports has him picking SH.

      • FWIW: I highly, highly doubt Maryland is recruiting him and I don’t see any written links/tweets about Texas Tech.

        • Fishjam

          Yeah and his recent visit to Missouri was canceled with speculation Mizzou pulled out to use their 1 remaining scholarship on a big. Texas Tech came out of nowhere and I’d consider them the Wild Card.

    • Fishjam

      Chris, are you hearing positive things on him as a player or choosing SHU or both?

      • The latter

        • hallstorm

          I’m not sure how to feel about Gordon. As a player, he seems gifted. Indiana backing off may have just been a mutual thing with both Gordon and the school, but Butler cooling their jets on him doesn’t sound good. If it’s character issues, having him paired with Thomas could be a dangerous scenario. I think we’ve had enough Keon Lawrence, Robert Mitchell, Herb Pope kind of players for a lifetime.

          Getting Gordon would be good, but I would feel better parting ways with Thomas

          • Fishjam

            I’ve never read anything about character issues with him besides what Chris said someone from Butler said. He seems like a good kid from a good, well-connected family. Definitely has talent so I hope he chooses Seton Hall. Need all the talent we can get and would be nice to have some legit depth in the backcourt. We were EXTREMLEY lucky last year to not have any injuries as we had no depth at the guard position whatsoever. The college game is becoming more and more 3-guard lineups and would like to have Gordon whether Zeke returns or not. Our strength is playing pressure defense and the deeper your team, the harder you can play and more fouls to give.

  • Fishjam

    Here’s Zags story on Whitehead. First time in a while I’ve heard Willard mention JT.


    • Yup. Ineligible until December at the very least since he didn’t complete the spring semester

  • WilponsStinkLessNow


    • Perfect for this scenario. Haha

    • Fishjam

      Miss that show soooo much. Best TV series I’ve ever seen.

  • Andrew Herbst

    I’m happy for Isiash. I wish him all the best.

  • fouline

    If the reports are true… Then it’s his to lose. It was fun but your success is in some part our success. Good luck. THE BEST!

  • Andrew Herbst

    I wish the Knicks could draft Isiash. But of course they don’t have a first round pick.

  • Fishjam

    Isaiah just got interviewed and said he’s still 50-50 on his decision. Will sit down with his Mom after all the workouts and make his decision. Said the main thing he’s trying to show team’s is his decision-making is good enough to play PG.

    Yesyerday his decisions were flawless….today he didn’t play as well overall and his defense was subpar but overall he still made good decisions and didn’t force things.

  • Fishjam

    Looking at the rest of the talent, I don’t think Isaiah is going to get a 1st rd guarantee. I think he’s solidly on the bubble in the 25 to 45 range overall. Going to be an extremley tough call for him.

  • shufaninva

    How can he go from not on any mock boards to first round lock? I’m sorry but I just don’t think so. If he stays in the draft, I hope I’m wrong because he deserves the best, but I’m not seeing it.

    • One rough theory: Because he started off the season in a mediocre fashion and the Big East/Seton Hall don’t get that much exposure; he only played at an NBA level over the last month-two months

      NBA teams are seriously considering him in the ~20 to ~40 range. That obviously isn’t a lock, but it’s reality. There is still room for movement, but I can’t see him slipping any lower than that.

      How will his camp (him + mother) play their cards?

    • Fishjam

      Like Chris said…1 reason is he wasn’t considered Top 60 as of early January before he started playing like an All-American. Second reason is with so many underclassmen declaring this year because of the rule changes, I think most Mocks believed he will pull out of the draft.

      He is far from a 1st round lock at this point…..only maybe 18-20 players are 1st round locks. After that you have about 25-30 players that are late 1st round to mid 2nd round and unfortunately that is the group Isaiah is in which will only complicate his decision.

      Coming into the Combine I’ve seen him ranked anywhere from 40 to 65 in various Rankings. If I had to guess I’d say he’s moved up slightly so far. He didn’t play great today. Had 4 assists but only 3 points on 1 of 6 shooting. But for the 2nd straight day he played withing himself and again had 0 turnovers. His measurables are good, 6’4 with a 6’8 wingspan is good size for a PG. His jumping and agility are definitely among the lowest of all Guards at the combine though.

  • Fishjam

    Per IW’s twitter…….

    Isaiah Whitehead
    Will Make An Decision On The 19th Weather Or Not To Stay In The Draft 🙏🏿