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.
Isaiah Whitehead has workouts with Sixers (16th), Pacers (18), Celtics (20th), Bulls (23rd), per source. Will decide future after. #hallin
— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) May 12, 2016
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.
Seton Hall guard Isaiah Whitehead says he met with Knicks here in Chi. Said Phil Jackson wasnt present at the meeting. Allan Houston ran it
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) May 12, 2016
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.