Six-foot-8, 200 pound forward Isaiah Livers of Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan joined up with the Meanstreets EYBL 17U team out of Chicago and it’s been a perfect match.
“I’m loving playing with Meanstreets, these are my guys right here,” Isaiah said referring to all his teammates around him. “We’ve built such a strong relationship. I didn’t know any of these guys besides Brian (Bowen) at first but they have all turned into my brothers. We play hard together and leave everything on the court.”
Meanstreets qualified for the Peach Jam and then won four of five pool play games at the event in early July putting them in the bracket play round of eight. They were ousted by champion MoKan but the experience has been outstanding for Livers. Isaiah doesn’t seem ready for the summer games to end but is excited for college.
“It’s crazy having this as my last AAU basketball games,” said Livers. “The next step in my life will be college. I’m ready for college but I’m just ready to finish things up here with my boys.”
Isaiah has given Meanstreets 9.4 points per game in all EYBL games shooting 49.4 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from the arc on 62 attempts, and 54 percent from the foul line. Isaiah is also giving his team 5.4 boards a contest.
What we saw from Livers this afternoon in a Meanstreets win at the Las Vegas Classic this afternoon was an active combo forward who hit three perimeter jumpers (two at the arc and one pull-up) plus scored with high effort on the backside offensive glass.
Back the other way Livers defended power forwards and did a fantastic job making box-out hits, holding his contact, and releasing. Livers moves his feet well laterally (although he wants to improve this area) and is an all-around active defender.
“I’ve definitely improved on my shooting and ball handling,” Isaiah said about his off-season improvements. “I still get have to work on getting better as a defender, moving my feet better, so I’ve been doing a lot of ladder drills. I just want to improve my perimeter defense.”
The most recent scholarship offers for Livers are from Cal, Butler, and Minnesota. The Gophers offered after watching Isaiah compete at the Peach Jam and they’ve joined the other offered programs and the instate Big Ten programs in showing Livers interest.
“I’m hearing the most probably from Minnesota, Michigan State, Michigan, California, and Butler. That’s who is showing me the most love so far. I know for a fact that in September I will be going to Michigan State where I am going to go to a football game.
“I’m try to get down to Cal, Minnesota, and Michigan. I want to get those five official visits in. No visits are set yet. I want to make my decision in the fall or early in the winter.”
Ben Johnson has been at several of the Meanstreets games to see Livers this month and today Richard Pitino joined him to see Livers once again. The Gophers are a team that Isaiah has a lot of interest in.
“Minnesota definitely, I definitely have a strong relationship with them already. They are really cool guys, Coach Ben Johnson, he’s a really cool guy. The head coach, Richard Pitino, he is young, energetic, he understands the game real well at a young age. That’s what I’ve learned so far about them.”