2016 forward likes Pirates

2016 Ashbrook High School (Gastonia, NC) power forward Isaiah Whaley has totaled nine offers, one of which is from ECU. IES spoke with him about his recruiting process and more.

Isaiah Whaley is a 6-foot-9 senior from Ashbrook High School (Gastonia, NC) who possess tremendous athletic ability, which allows him to preform many tasks on the court. Last year he received an offer from East Carolina.

A power forward who can also play small forward, Whaley averaged nearly a double-double last season, scoring 17.5 points and nine rebounds. Although Whaley is a great rebounder, he mentioned some of his offensive abilities as his strongest assets.

“My strengths are shot blocking and passing,” he said, “I’m probably the best passer for my size.”

At Ashbrook Whaley was able to lead his team to the 3A state championship at the Dean Smith Center. Whaley recorded a double-double in the championship game, scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Even with the superb effort from Whaley, Ashbrook lost 67-60.

The three star recruit also has an ability to score in the post, but when needed, he can shoot the ball from the perimeter. His high motor, along with his athleticism, attributes to his rebounding skills.

Those skills have landed him nine offers. Of those nine, he puts Georgia, ECU and Virginia Tech at the top of the list. Whaley is planning on making a decision in the middle of his senior year.

Although Whaley has not been on an official visit to ECU, he has been there for a basketball camp. There he was able to see some of the facilities and was impressed with what he saw.

“I like everything,” he said, “I like the stadium and campus, everything. I was able to go on a tour and what I saw, I liked.”

When deciding on a school, Whaley is looking for a program that he is comfortable playing at. He also added that a good coaching staff would help with his comfort level.

Whaley has also received offers from Appalachian State, North Carolina Charlotte, Western Carolina and Towson. Even with all the offers coming in, Whaley is just trying to take in the experience one day at a time.

“It’s been really good and fun, just trying to take it all in and just go day-by-day,” he said.

Even though Whaley has been to ECU, he would still like to go on an official visit.

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