Isaac becoming a Louisville priority

MINNEAPOLIS - IMG Academy forward Jonathan Isaac has put together a strong spring and has become a top target for the University of Louisville basketball staff in the Class of 2016.

One of the most intriguing national prospects this spring has been 6-foot-9 wing Jonathan Isaac. Playing with Florida-based Each 1 Teach 1 in the Nike EYBL, the four-star Isaac put together a strong spring despite battling some injuries such as back spasms.

Scout.com currently rates Isaac as the No. 45 overall prospect in the Class of 2016 and he has a scholarship offer from Louisville among the many high-major programs pursuing him. For now, Isaac is taking his time during the recruiting process, although he has heard from Louisville's coaches recently.

"They just said I have a home at their school and pretty much every coach says the same thing," Isaac said of Louisville.

Isaac told Cardinal Authority after his recent offer from the Cardinals that he was "very excited" to be recruited by Rick Pitino. He doesn't talk much about specific schools but said that U of L offer was "a very, very good one."

A long and versatile wing, Isaac had to adjust to playing in a very tough EYBL this spring as he helped E1T1 reach Peach Jam in July with a 13-4 regular season record.

"I've been playing okay, I think I can play a lot better. But it's been going well," Isaac said. "It's different. I've never played on a stage as big as this. It makes it a lot easier having such a talented team and you don't have to do too much."

For the spring, Isaac showed well and put up some solid numbers of a very balanced team. He averaged 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. The product of IMG Academy also shot 48 percent from the field, 77 percent from the free-throw line and 33 percent from the 3-point line.

"I just think I'm versatile, I think I do a lot of things well," Isaac said. "But I'm working on [adding] strength, ball handling, shooting. Just everything."

When Isaac eventually makes a future college decision, he's going to look for a few factors that will help guide the process. Isaac mentioned that Florida State, Texas, Wake Forest and Stanford were four of the schools trailing him the hardest at the current moment but he's taking things slow and doesn't have any visits planned.

"It's tough. But you know, it's just a process and you take it day-by-day and figure it out," Isaac said of the recruiting process. "I mean, I just want to feel like I'm at home. I want to fit in the system."

Isaac will likely begin taking visits after this summer and he doesn't know when he'll form any kind of list for the future.

"I honestly don't know. It's something I'm going to figure out with my coaches and figure out the timeframe to cut my list and everything," Isaac said.


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