Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Competition Heating Up for Isaiah Whitehead

Gene Siudut@@GeneSiudutContributor IIISeptember 11, 2013

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim
Syracuse head coach Jim BoeheimKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

With just one scholarship left to offer to the class of 2014, the Syracuse University men’s basketball program seems to have one player in its sights.

That young man is Isaiah Whitehead, a standout shooting guard from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, which also happens to be the school that produced Stephon Marbury.

Whitehead is a 6’4” combo guard who is a pure scorer. He is aggressive to the hoop with an array of finishes, but can also create his own shot. He is also a fine passer and would be a welcome addition to Syracuse, which has found itself a little shallow at the guard spots after several guards have either graduated or gone pro, such as NBA lottery picks Dion Waiters and Michael Carter-Williams.

Whitehead’s skills have not gone unnoticed as he has risen to be the No. 1 ranked shooting guard and No. 2-ranked overall player in the class of 2014, according to This attention has brought a list of courters that includes Syracuse, Arizona, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota and UCLA among others.

According to the New York Post, Whitehead plans to commit by November, but he’s made a few trips to Indiana, which may worry the Orange nation, which has been on his list of suitors since the beginning.

Ever aware of the spotlight, Whitehead seems to be enjoying the attention and speculation as to his school of choice as he recently expressed on his twitter feed,

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“Isaiah Whitehead is the biggest question mark in the country right now. Who does he like? No one knows”- Just The Way I Want It Lol 😁

— Isaiah Whitehead (@Isaiah_W15) September 10, 2013

With November just around the corner, Syracuse fans will have to wait a little while longer to see if the Orange backcourt is solidified for the next few years with the potential of 5-star point guard Tyler Ennis and Whitehead playing together, however briefly it may be should Ennis go pro, but then it could be Isaiah’s show, which might be just the way he wants it.