Jonathan Isaac, a 5-star small forward from the IMG Academy, announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will attend Florida State:
Isaac is considered the No. 1 player from the state of Florida, the No. 3 small forward and the No. 12 recruit overall in the nation, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
Isaac reportedly was considering making the jump straight to the NBA, according to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, since he started high school in 2011 and could have graduated in 2015. NBA rules state that a player must be at least 19 years old in the calendar year he is drafted and that at least one NBA season must elapse between the player's graduation and the draft.
It's unclear if the NBA would have granted him eligibility, however—it may have ultimately determined that his graduation year was 2016, making him ineligible. Per Thamel, Isaac's plan had he "gone pro" was to take advantage of a new rule that allows players to attend the NBA Draft Combine and hold a workout but still return to school if they aren't pleased with their projected draft stock.
He certainly has talent to spare. Isaac is a 6'10" and 185-pound small forward who combines smooth athleticism with the ability to score in bunches. Scout.com has more on the talented prospect:
Isaac is long, versatile and likes to play facing the rim. He's fluid and a very good athlete that bounces off with ease and quickness. His jump shot is solid out to 22-feet and he has very good touch when he drives the ball. He needs to add strength and, if he wants to continue to play on the perimeter, improve his perimeter defense.
For Florida State, Tuesday's news is huge, as Isaac was the crown jewel in a strong recruiting class. While Isaac is almost assuredly a one-and-done player barring injuries, he'll make the Seminoles a team to be reckoned with in the 2016-17 season.