Brooklyn has worked out its fair share of players and one name that stands out is Isaiah Whitehead. Not so much because he is talented . He is. Not so much that he proved he can be leader. He has. Whitehead stands out mainly because of his Brooklyn roots, Coney Island specifically. Sean Marks has stated that he won't trade up in the draft unless he really likes a player and the Nets reportedly like Whitehead's game a lot.
Whitehead worked out with the Nets Wednesday and seemed a bit overwhelmed. Note the praying hands and Statue of Liberty emojis.
Whitehead played his high school ball at Lincoln High, which has produced Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson, who's advised him on the draft process, and his college ball across the river at Seton Hall.
Most mock drafts have Whitehead going somewhere in the second round, but it's highly unlikely that Whitehead will fall all the way to pick No. 55. So if Brooklyn wants Whitehead they would need to move up in the draft. Despite the Nets lack of resources most people around the league expect Brooklyn to land a first round pick on Thursday.
Whitehead isn't expected to be drafted until the second round so Brooklyn wouldn't have to go into the first round to land the Brooklyn native. They might have to use some of their $3.4 million to move up, however.
Is he worth it? Is he good enough beyond his local roots? Whitehead, 21 has some areas of his game where he needs to improve, especially his jumpshot, but his strong suit is his ability to get to the basket and score the basketball. Last season he averaged 18.2 points, 3.6 assists and 5.1 assists per game for Seton Hall and led the Pirates to the Big East Tournament, beating national champ Villanova..
It's not known if Whitehead will end up in a Brooklyn Nets uniform tonight but it would certainly be an epic storyline... Brooklyn born Whitehead drafted in Brooklyn by the Brooklyn Nets. We'll see if that speculative scenario becomes a reality. It's only 13 stops from Coney Island to the HSS Training Center.