Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead drafted 42nd by the Brooklyn Nets

It’ll be a Brooklyn homecoming for the Coney Island native.

Selected 42nd overall by the Brooklyn Nets after they traded up to get the Utah Jazz’ pick, Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead has become the first Pirate to have his named called in the NBA Draft since Samuel Dalembert and Eddie Griffin were both chosen in the first round of the 2001 Draft.

The Hall’s season has been over for a long time since that cold, dreary March night 2,000 feet above sea level, but what was ultimately a ‘season of firsts’ has added just one more feat to the list with Whitehead’s place in this year’s draft.

Almost universally projected to be drafted in the second round by mock drafts, Isaiah slotted into the early second round as expected.

Although it’s common and factual to say that second round picks don’t get guaranteed money, that’s not always the case. In fact, it actually may be more beneficial to go early/mid-second round than late first round due to salary cap restrictions.

It remains to be seen what Whitehead and his agent will draw up with the Nets, but it’s undeniable that a strong New York City presence for Seton Hall in the NBA, especially locally, will be highly beneficial for recruiting and program prestige.

Isaiah conducted himself like a professional for most of his two-year Seton Hall career, especially during his sophomore campaign, so there’s a lot of credibility to the statement that he can earn a living in the league for seasons to come.

Let’s hope that is the case.