In home visits go well for Whitehead

Five-star Isaiah Whitehead had two in home visits on Wednesday.

The recruitment of Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln five-star shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead continues to progress. On Wednesday Whitehead, his family, and coaches hosted a pair of schools for in home visits, and now they continue to push ahead in their decision making process.

Given his lofty ranking and elite skillset, it should be no surprise that things are busy for Whitehead. Both Minnesota and Pittsburgh made in home visits, and each made a good impression according to Whitehead's high school and AAU coach James Barrett.

"Pretty much Minnesota wants him to come in and be the face of the program," Barrett explained. "They want him to be that first big national recruit for Coach (Richard) Pitino at Minnesota."

One of the big things helping Minnesota right now is the familiarity that assistant coach Kimani Young has with Whitehead and his coaches.

"Isaiah's been able to build a good relationship with Coach Pitino," explained Barrett. "It really helps that Kimani is on the staff because we are familiar with him. Isaiah's high school coach, Tiny (Morton), and Kimani went to college together, and Kimani was around when I played AAU, so that helps with the relationship, and we know him well."

While Minnesota is trying to build a tradition with New York City guards, Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh has been mining the Big Apple for quite some time.

"With Pittsburgh, Jamie Dixon has had great success with NYC guards," explained Barrett. "(Dixon) wants to keep that tradition of strong guards in his program from New York City. Also they lose a lot of their offensive production after this year, and they are looking for Isaiah to pick that up if he were to come to the program."

Because schools in New York City start later than most areas of the country, college coaches haven't yet had a chance to drop by and watch him participate in open gym. Conditioning and workouts will begin next week, and at that point schools are likely to drop by.

Currently Whitehead has made no cuts to list his and along with Pittsburgh and Minnesota is still considering schools such as Seton Hall, Indiana, Louisville, St. John's, UCLA, Arizona, as well as others.

Whitehead plans to make several more visits, both official and unofficial before making his college decision.


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