Whitehead a top target

Four-star guard Isaiah Whitehead is ready for a big junior year as his recruitment continues to heat up.

Class of 2014 four-star guard Isaiah Whitehead has been a known commodity for a long time in the hoops recruiting landscape. The Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln High School product has been considered one of the best players in New York City from the moment he entered high school, and it is no surprise that his recruitment continues to be busy.

According to Lincoln High School assistant coach James Barrett, Whitehead has been working on being more than just someone who scores from the wing.

"He's been working on playing the point position and being a more vocal leader on the court," said Barrett. "He has always been the younger guy on varsity, but now he is a junior and it is his time to step up and lead the team."

Recruiting wise numerous schools have been to Lincoln to check in on Whitehead so far this year.

"Louisville has come out, Syracuse has come out, Arizona said they would be out here soon," noted Barrett. "Those are some of the major schools that are really interested. Then you have Maryland, St. John's, and UCLA as well."

Syracuse has long been tied to Whitehead and at different times he has stated the Orange are his leader. Barrett says it is the success of Jim Boeheim and the program that is so appealing.

"Coach Boeheim has won," Barrett said. "Syracuse goes out and wins every year. That helps with him being in the state of New York and winning as much as they have won."

Louisville head man Rick Pitino has long had success with guards from New York City, and that is something that isn't lost on Whitehead.

"It was one of the assistant coaches that came by," said Barrett of the Louisville interest. "Louisville is a place where New York guards have been very successful. They have New York guards there now being very successful. Coach Pitino has great ties to the area."

For now Whitehead is focused on his season. Even though there is a ton of pressure that comes with being a heavily recruited player from Brooklyn, Barrett says you would never know it with Whitehead.

"Isaiah is real laid back," said Barrett. "He just goes about his everyday life. If there is any pressure on him being a top kid he doesn't show it at all."

Currently Whitehead is ranked as the No. 40 player overall in his class and the No. 7 shooting guard in the country.

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