Isaiah Whitehead will decide NBA future by Thursday

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Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead will decide to remain in the 2016 NBA Draft or return to South Orange for his junior season by Thursday, May 19th.

Whitehead just wrapped up a solid but not outstanding performance at the Draft Combine in which he played the best during his first scrimmage (13 pts, 5 ast, 0 TO) on Thursday afternoon, attracting some attention along the way.

Isaiah had just 3 points on 1-8 shooting with four assists on Saturday while also posting some agility statsΒ that don’t exactly turn any heads.

As of a few days ago, Whitehead was set to work out for both the Celtics and Bulls after the 19th, so it’s unclear what his schedule will look like this week outside of a workout with the Sixers on Monday and potentially the Pacers on Wednesday.

The meaning of workouts falling beyond his decision date can mean anything from those teams aren’t considering drafting him in the first round to Whitehead having likely made up his mind that he’s staying in the Draft.

The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw their names is May 25th.

DraftExpress now has him as projected to be picked late in the second round while NBADraft.net still does not have him on their mock board. Isaiah has come out and said that he’s 100-percent gone if he’s sure he’ll be picked in the first round.

The Sixers have 24th and 26th picks while the Pacers choose 20th and 50th.

  • Jersey Jerry

    Stay another year and for sure U will be a first round pick … more important, stay 2 more years, get a degree and be a TOP 10 pick … $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ will be there!!! Follow the likes of Grant Hill who stayed @ Duke 4 years then payed 20+ years and just did the Final Four (LOVE Grant; was his select soccer coach in 7 & 8 grade for the Flying Tigers in Reston, VA) … my 2 cents!!

    • PadrePirate

      Agreed. Tell his mom/agent

    • ThePirateFan

      I’d love that, but no way would staying 2 more years help his draft position. He’s already old for his class. He’d have to be that much better than every 19 year old in the draft if he wants to go pro at 23.

      • hallstorm

        I agree, but coming out as a junior at 22 would be ok. You have 3 top 10 picks who are 22 this year with Dunn, Hield and Valentine, so it isn’t a detriment if your game improves

        • ThePirateFan

          Yea, coming out as a junior could be OK, as can coming out as a senior. But he’s more valuable to a team the younger he is, generally speaking. His game just has to improve. Having said that his game will probably improve faster as a pro than at the hall. It’s about the others in the draft class, too. Where he gets picked has as much (if not more) to do with everybody else in the draft class than it does with his abilities and potential.

      • Joe Schmoe

        That all depends on what the hall and IW can accomplish in the next season or two.

  • Joe Schmoe

    So, this should mean he’ll be back?

  • Peter

    I know I am biased, but it would be a terrible decision for IW to remain in the draft. He needs to polish his skills, and this can best be accomplished at SHU next year. I would hate to see this kid go from MVP of the BE tournament to the end of an NBA bench, to the D league, to Europe. That would be a tragedy.

  • fouline

    He obviously hasn’t gotten the response he wants from the scouts and team management so now he has to make the biggest decision of his young life… Does he take a chance and possibly move up on draft day or does he stay in the 2nd round and go the D league or Europe route? But on the other hand if he comes back and doesn’t have a great year or even better year will that reduce his chances for next year’s draft? A lot of thought has to go int this move. Good luck..Good luck.

    • Joe Schmoe

      Or worse…take a chance and go Undrafted.

      • shufaninva

        It’s not as if Dunn lit up the world this past season. about 16 pts and 6 ast..I think. IW would really have to fall apart to not go up most draft boards a year from now.

        • Joe Schmoe

          A year from now with solid production he absolutely would go up in draft boards. I was saying this year… If he stays in the draft to go Undrafted. Career pretty much over.

  • Andrew Herbst

    I really hope Isaish stays one more year. He would really help him in development. He needs to work his outside shot and ball handling before going to the next level. If he comes back this year, then he could be a lottery pick next year like Kris Dunn was this year.

  • https://twitter.com/NYPost_Brazille/status/732190681091985408 — this contradicting a previous report that IW is gone

    • Fishjam

      Now Zags/SNY is saying it IS still up in the air. Isaiah also said that the workouts after Thursday are not set in stone so its still possible he comes back. Although he did say for first time that early 2nd round would be acceptable to him
      https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/isaiah-whitehead-talks-sixers-workout-thursdays-announcement/178480300
      Read this

      • hallstorm

        I read this earlier today. It sounded as though he was a lot less certain as to what he wants to do, so I’m hoping the NBA execs will let him know up front what they would intend to do with him.

        I honestly don’t see a team choosing him in the first round–especially when players like Malachi Richardson have had great camps and workout and have pretty much solidified a top 20 status. HIs height, wingspan and athletic test results are all not special and that would most likely tell me teams wouldn’t want to risk a first round pick on him.

        But, I could be wrong….

      • LBP

        Fishjam– know you have followed closely–what is your prediction?? I will chime in after your analysis

        • Fishjam

          LBP, whats up my friend? I believe Isaiah really, really wants to go pro bad. However he may not be hearing all the things he had hoped. The feedback he is getting from the NBA may be giving him serious 2nd thoughts. That and the love and support he is getting from Willard & Sha are proving to him that he can fully trust the staff regardless which is another reason to possibly return. But from what I know about Zeke is he’s a kid who likes when people doubt him so he can work harder and prove people wrong. I think he is truly undecided right now but that if thinks he will definitely be drafted anywhere, he will ultimately decide to stay in the Draft.

          • LBP

            Very great analysis– I also believe that if can be drafted he will stay in the draft — not only due to family pressure but because of the challenge.
            I want to add that I think Willard has handled this with a very deft hand. How do you tell a kid that his dream should be put on hold without creating the impression that you are self-serving? Willard has done this because I believe he cares more about IW than he does about himself. IW is lucky to have him . So are we.

          • Joe Schmoe

            “How do you tell a kid that his dream should be put on hold without creating the impression that you are self-serving?”
            As a high-major D1 coach (I NEVER thought id be saying that about Kevin Willard) you have to be supportive of your player, allow them to see all the open doors. Then you let the NBA coaches deliver the message. Truth is, he didn’t play NBA caliber at the combine, and one or two lights out workouts aren’t going to magically make up for that. IW is not John Wall. Another college season under his belt, he’ll go through this process next season…

          • Joe Schmoe

            An awful big risk if he goes undrafted, its over.

          • LBP

            Joe– that is the best advice that can be given–reduce Ur odds and increase your chances

  • dcflash

    Stay one more year and polish those skills, Def a 1st round pick next year.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Isiash said he won’t announce his decision until next Tuesday.(

    • Fishjam

      Agonizing for us but he should get all of the info he can. It’s looking more and more that he has a chance to stay in school. Sounds to me like all the feedback he’s getting is to stay in school but he and Mom were really set on going pro.

      • Andrew Herbst

        It sounds hopeful that he will be back. But I’ll be nervous on Tuesday.