Isenbarger Loving Miami

Three sport star Jack Isenbarger of Zionsville (IN) High School came away from Miami's Elite Camp quite impressed with the Oxford, Ohio school and now has the RedHawks at the top of his list.

Three sport star Jack Isenbarger of Zionsville (IN) High School came away from Miami's Elite Camp quite impressed with the Oxford, Ohio school and now has the RedHawks at the top of his list.

Isenbarger said, "I am loving Miami right now. (Miami's Elite Camp) had been great and really impressed me a lot."

Isenbarger stated the schools he is most interested in are "Miami (OH), Butler, Davidson, Wright State, Kent State, Ohio, and Northwestern." From the above, he said he has firm offers from Miami and Wright State. He also has an offer from Western Michigan.

As for leaders, Isenbarger mentioned only one school. He stated, "I really like Miami, especially after (the Elite Camp) visit. It puts them in my top one or two right now."

Isenbarger mentioned he will not decision on a school until after the end of the July AAU circuit.

He plays AAU ball with the Spiece Indy Heat. Isenbarger boasted, "I think we are the best AAU team in the state of Indiana. There are some people who may disagree with that, but I love the guys on the team and have a great time at tournaments together. I get along real well with all of them."

Isenbarger led Zionsville to a conference title (8-1) and an 18-2 overall record. Zionsville lost the first game of the sectional to Noblesville leaving Isenbarger with a feeling of unfinished business. "We return everyone but one senior," Isenbarger said. "Hopefully a repeat championship of the conference and get deep in the tournament for a state run."

If the last name Isenbarger sounds familiar, that is because his family has a rich college sports history. First his uncle John Isenbarger was the star tailback on the John Pont led Indiana University football to it's only Big Ten title and Rose Bowl appearance in 1968. Then there is his father, Phil Isenbarger, who was co-captain with Isiah Thomas on Indiana's 1981 national championship basketball team.

The 6'3" Isenbarger has stared in many sports as well. Besides basketball, he plays varsity soccer and volleyball. He explained, "I play for the Zionsville soccer team. I play goalkeeper. We went to the state championship last year and got beat in penalty kicks. Not all my fault (laughing). Hope we will it this year." Isenbarger added, "I also played men's volleyball for the first time this year with a couple of friends from the basketball team and ended up making the junior all-state men's basketball team. So that was fun."

As a soccer fan, Isenbarger followed the US men's national teams run through the Confederation's Cup. "I loved it, but was disappointed they lost to Brazil. Definitely a crazy game with Spain (in the semifinals) and I am just happy for those guys and happy for the USA."

In college, Isenbarger will focus solely on basketball where he plays both guard positions.

Isenbarger described his strengths as a player:

"I'm a point guard. As a point guard I think it is real important to be a leader on the floor and be a floor general. Also my headiness is a big part of my game. Just being a smart basketball player. Just leading the team and being a good motivator and role model to other players."

He also explained that another key strength of his is passing:

"Definitely one thing I have been working on the last few years. Definitely been a big improvement and is one thing coaches say they really like about me. Hopefully that will continue to get better."

Stay tuned as RedHawk Insider follows Isenbarger through the rest of the summer.


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