Seton Hall guard, and Coney Island, Brooklyn native, Isaiah Whitehead has signed on with agent Andy Miller and will remain in the 2016 draft. The sophomore had a breakout season and put up averages of 18.2 points, 5.1 assists and 3.6 boards per game after battling injuries during his freshman year.

Whitehead burst onto the national scene in March when he led The Hall to a Big East Tournament championship victory over eventual NCAA champion Villanova. The 6-4 guard won the Big East tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award and helped the Pirates reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since ’06. Whitehead was also named First Team All-Big East and won the Haggerty Award, given to the New York area’s top men’s D-I player.

A heralded recruit coming out of Lincoln (N.Y.) High School in ’14 and was New York City’s highest-rated recruit since ’09. Peep our PUNKs story on the young man from SLAM 179.

From Zach Braziller of the New York Post

The decision, which followed weeks of speculation, means Whitehead will bypass the final two years of his college career. The 6-foot-4 point guard wrestled with the decision, but on Friday he opted to become a pro and signed with agent Andy Miller on Monday, according to [his mother Ericka] Rambert.

 

“I think it’s a great time for Isaiah, right now as opposed to next year,” Rambert said. “He accomplished a lot at Seton Hall last year. I think he has proven himself and he’s ready for the NBA.

 

“He knows he can play in the NBA. It’s his dream. When your dreams come knocking at the door, you need to go fulfill them.”