Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Isaiah Whitehead skipped the early portion of the AAU circuit and worked out with Lincoln High School coach Tiny Morton.
He feels it paid off as he was named Co-MVP of the Hoop Group Future All-American Camp earlier this month.
“[I got] a lot better. I definitely got stronger, [worked on my] ball-handling and jump shot,” Whitehead said Friday in Harlem during practice for The Franchise Classic.
The 6-foot-4 2014 shooting guard holds offers from Syracuse, St. John’s and Rutgers and said “UNC is close.”
Whitehead is also hearing from Kentucky, UCLA, Miami and Florida.
“It makes me feel great,” he said.
“My favorite player came from Syracuse, Carmelo Anthony. I know Michael Jordan is from North Carolina, a lot of NBA products.”
Still, he said Kentucky may be his favorite school of all.
Following in the footsteps of Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson, Whitehead still has several years to make a decision, and said he’s targeting the “end of AAU’ season in 2013 before making one.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.