Buzz has been building around Richmond (Va.) John Marshall power forward prospect Isaiah Todd. Just a rising sophomore, Todd is establishing himself as one of the best long-term prospects in the 2020 recruiting class.
In October, Todd, who stands 6-foot-9, was recognized as one of the best players at the USA Basketball Mini Camp and since then he’s made improvements to his game.
After spending the first part of the spring with Team Loaded, Todd played this past weekend at the Under Armour Association with the Team Thrill 16’s. Todd impressed with his high skill level, but particularly his advanced footwork.
“One of my hidden talents is I learn fast,” Todd said when asked about his footwork. “I learn quickly and I don’t forget a lot when it comes to things of that nature. So when I first started playing basketball it was just footwork, hit shots, footwork, hit shots so my foundation helped me a lot.”
In a viewing on Saturday, Todd utilized that footwork in the post and mid-post and was dialed in from mid-range, where he connected on five jump shots.
“I’ve been working on a lot of that stuff since 8th grade because I love that mid-range shot so I want to be good at it,” Todd said. “Then out of having a good mid-range shot you have to have good footwork in the mid-range so I have been working on that since 8th grade as well.”
That skill work and ability on the offensive end of the floor is among the reasons Todd is looked at as an elite recruit in his class. To go with his ability to face the rim and make shots, Todd has terrific hands, very good touch, quality athleticism and the ability to get up and down the court with ease.
On the recruiting front, Todd, as you would expect, is already receiving quite a bit of college interest.
“The first school I ever heard from was Hampton University and it’s gotten bigger from there,” Todd said. “These are the schools the offered me: James Madison, Hampton, UCF, Baylor, Miami (Fl), Wake Forest, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, St. John's (NY), Kansas and Maryland was the latest.
“I also heard from Kentucky when they gave me a call not too long ago and just let me know they were interested,” Todd added. “I’ve heard from Duke and UNC. UNC actually wants me to come on a visit next time I have time after USA. Duke is another visit I have set for after USA.”
Todd said he’s yet to schedule exact dates for those potential visits. He also noted that he didn’t grown up following any particular school.
“I don’t have any dream schools, just whatever school fits me the bets when the time comes,” Todd added.
Next up for Todd this spring is an invite to tryout for the USA Basketball u16 team. The trials begin on June 1st.