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

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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.

  • Matty P

    Congrats to whitehead on being one of the few players who get lucky enough to be drafted in the NBA. Nice to see that he’s going to the nets and will be close to home.

  • PadrePirate

    Proud of Zeke. We’ve been worried for weeks that he made the wrong decision and would end up in Europe or the D league. Not a bad opportunity at 42 and playing near home. Hopefully other local kids will see the Hall as a legit path to NBA

  • Matt

    Very excited for him and will wear his Nets gear proudly at Prudential

  • Jersey Jerry

    Thanks for the two GR8 years and WELCOME back home … happy 4 U and 4 SHU! This will help ‘da Hall for years to come! Now go show the world that U are ready to light up the Barclay’s Center w/your Coney Island play. Good on U IW.

  • fouline

    Thanks for the 2. Much luv and luck. Couldn’t be happier.

  • 11yearplan

    He has pro size, pro talent and the heart of a champion. He has risen up to meet his challenges in the past and every reason to believe he will meet this one. Congrats and best of luck Isaiah.

  • The fact that Brooklyn traded up to get him bodes well for his future.

    Don’t follow the Nets, but this depth chart isn’t THAT intimidating

    • Joe Schmoe

      Brooklyn is still struggling to find an identity, a problem that has plagued them since moving to the meadowlands. If adding Isaiah increases the “brooklyn” feel and sells more tickets… then it could be a win win for all parties involved. Best of luck to him and the nets… on to 2016/2017

    • Matty P

      I’m also seeing things mentioning that the Nets might let go of Jack which would help open up the PG spot even more. Although they have roughly $55M in cap space so you would imagine they would go out and get an experience PG instead of starting Whitehead or anyone else they currently have (seeing a lot of people hoping they get Rondo). But that should bode well for him to come off the bench to get some minutes and give him a couple years to develop without the pressure.

      • Spoke to a dual SH/BK fan and they said the same about Jack, that Larkin is out the door and to expect something like 10-15 MPG as they’re trying to make the team more youthful.

        We shall see.

        • PadrePirate

          Chris, just wondering if there’s been any news on a contract for isaiah or any moves by the nets as predicted.

          • Haven’t seen anything. Would imagine that may be based upon summer league performance? Nets start up Saturday at 430 on NBA TV

  • Andrew Herbst

    I’m so happy for Isaish. Pretty cool to get drafted by your hometown. Best to luck to him. He will do great. He has the size, talent, and is fearless in big moments.

  • VinBick

    Good for IW! Best wishes for success as a Net. Now, if we want to watch Isaiah and Nets are we prevented from doing so? Are Net games broadcast on the YES Network? If so, none of us with Comcast cable will be able to see Net games.

  • Matty P

    In some other news, Delgado appears to be doing well down in the FIBA tournament.

  • Fishjam

    Outside of going in 1st round, this is best scenario for Isaiah. Nets have loved him since the combine and supposedly guaranteed him they would take him if he lasted to #55. That guarantee was the final nail that convinced his Mom and family that he should go pro. He then had a non-disclosed workout with the team yesterday or Wednesday which was the Nets decision-makers final look. I believe he was on their mind at 20 and when he was still around early 2nd they made the move up to get him.

    All of this bodes very well for his future with the team. I fully expect they will offer him a solid amount of guaranteed money to entice him to sign a 3 or 4 year deal. What he offers them in PR value as the first Brooklyn native to play for the Brooklyn Nets alone is worth it for them, plus the team is barren. He will have major opportunity for minutes and I know he’s going to work his tail off.

    Congratulations to a great young man who represented Seton Hall well and I believe will continue to be an ambassador for our school for the rest of his life. 1 more year would have been insanely great for the Pirates but we are still in good hands. Dude brought the Hall back from oblivion and I’ll forever be grateful to him for that.

    • Matty P

      Agree with everything you said. I can’t wait for that first home game that he comes back to watch and the applause that he gets from the crowd. I would imagine that him being in the area would allow him to attend a couple games and can see him sharing some of the NBA drills, practices and recovery with the current group of players which will hopefully allow them to improve each of their games.

    • LBP

      As usual, a very well based opinion. Nets are the best place for him.

  • Quotes from Seton Hall’s release:

    “It was a great accomplishment even to be called into the draft. My family and my friends stuck with me through everything, so I’ve got to give everything to them and the way they stuck with me throughout the whole process.

    “It’s a dream come true. Since Brooklyn got here, I always wanted to play for them, so it’s definitely a dream come true.”

    “We are so excited for Isaiah and so proud of him as his hard work each and every day has led to his dream coming true. It has been been an honor to coach him and be a part of his development, and we cannot wait to watch him continue to grow as he starts his exciting new journey in the NBA.”