Whitehead has favorite

New York City class of 2014 shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead is one of the best guards in the country.

Class of 2014 shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead has been coveted for some time. Hailed as one of the next big stars from New York City, the Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln standout is racking up the high-major offers and making improvements to his game.

At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Whitehead has the prototypical size and athleticism for a shooting guard. He is at his best getting to the rim, and also is making strides from the perimeter. Now playing with the Juice All-Stars, Whitehead is trying to show everything he does on the floor.

"I am more mature now," said Whitehead. "I sometimes can go to the basket out of control, but I just have to fix that and become a better player. I have been in the gym every day working on my outside shot."

Schools such as Florida, Rutgers, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, St. John's, and Miami all stepped to the forefront early with Whitehead, and now he says more offers continue to roll in.

"Recruiting wise I just got four new offers," explained Whitehead. "They are from Connecticut, Georgetown, Florida State, and Iowa State."

Connecticut has had a lot of success recruiting New York in the past, and Whitehead says that it was big to get an offer from the Huskies.

"It meant a lot," said Whitehead of Connecticut's scholarship offer. "The coaches saw me play and I just showed them what I am capable of doing."

While the Connecticut offer was big, currently every school is playing catch up to the Syracuse Orange in this recruitment.

"Syracuse is great," said Whitehead. "They are my top school right now. I love the atmosphere in the Carrier Dome, and those coaches definitely get you better. Also it is a good school education wise."

He continued about Syracuse, "Everybody is involved on campus, and the whole community is behind the players. When Fab Melo had his problems the coaches and players stood behind him and had his back, I like that."

Another school putting in a ton of effort is Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights tracked him hard all spring long, and have had him on visits in the past.

"Rutgers is an up and coming program," Whitehead said. "I think if they re-build their program and have a good year in the Big East, I think they would be one of my favorites for sure."

While he admits a leader, the No. 22 overall player in the current 2014 rankings says he isn't close to making a decision and wants to see how everything plays out over the next year before making a commitment.


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