Isaiah Whitehead at Pitt Jam Fest

Every time Lincoln High School (NY) freshman guard Isaiah Whitehead steps on the court, the New York City lens magnifies everything he does.

“Everybody in New York compares everybody with everybody else. People compare me with Lance [Stephenson], Sebastian [Telfair], Steph [Marbury],” said Whitehead. “But, at the end of the day, I’m still going to be Isaiah Whitehead.”

At the age of 16, the baby-faced Whitehead has been thrust into the spotlight after starring for the Lincoln Railsplitters this past season.

At Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest with his AAU team, Juice All-Stars, Whitehead showcased his explosive ability when attacking the basket, as well as his polished mid-range game. “Playing at a big university on a big floor, it’s great,” said Whitehead of the Hoop Group experience. “We have a huge opportunity to play at a Big East school and I’m just looking to get better.”

As only a freshman, his 6’4” frame is sturdy and he has learned how to use it to his advantage in the lane. His balanced, compact jumpshot release is difficult to block and is part of the reason he is effective, even when he is unable to get to the basket. Early in his Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest game against the Baltimore All-Stars, Whitehead was able to use his size to get to the basket, clear out defenders and use a keen eye to find a teammate for a nice assist. Even as a freshman, he sees the floor well when he drives and can find an opening.

Whitehead is drawing interest from Southern California, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Providence, and North Carolina and is leaving the recruiting field open.

During the remainder of his high school career, Whitehead will most likely grow larger and transform into a true shooting guard or swingman, though his tight handle gives him some point guard characteristics that add to his versatility.

Lincoln may have a blossoming star on their hands, one who could be the future of New York basketball.

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