Jonathan
Isaac
Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6'10" / 210 lbs
School/Club: Florida State
Status: Freshman
Birthday: October 3, 1997

About Jonathan Isaac

When Isaac was 10, his mother moved him and his five siblings out of a rough neighborhood in the Bronx to Naples, Fla. It was there his life was forever altered when he discovered basketball. Over the next eight years, Isaac got so good at the game he had a choice few players in history have had the luxury of making. Because he spent a post-graduate year at IMG Academy, he could have become the first player since 2005 to enter the NBA Draft right out of high school, but he ultimately chose the one-and-done route by playing his freshman season at Florida State. Isaac started his high school career as a guard, but even after he grew seven inches to 6-foot-10, he retained his perimeter skills, making him a multi-faceted threat.

Strengths

  • Athleticism
  • Length
  • Mobility
  • Reliable face-up jumper
  • Can score off the bounce
  • Good passer
  • Court awareness
  • Good shot blocker
  • Solid rebounder

Weaknesses

  • Thin frame
  • Can be muscled by stronger opponents

NBA projection: Isaac is just the second one-and-done player in Florida State history, behind only Malik Beasley (2016). Isaac left for good reason; he’s been predicted by Draft analysts a high lottery pick.

2016-17 Season
Isaac made the ACC All-Freshman team and the Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team after a strong debut season during which he was also chosen NCAA National Player of the Week and ACC Rookie of the Week twice. He led the Seminoles—as well as all ACC freshmen—in rebounding and blocked shots and was a big reason they earned a bid to the NCAA tournament.

Key statistics: 12.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 tpg, 1.5 bpg, 26.2 mpg, .510 FG, .350 3PT, .780 FT

Career Highlights: Earned All-ACC Honorable Mention and All-ACC Freshman team honors in his lone season at Florida State. Pulled down a freshman record 7.8 boards per game, which paced all rookies in the ACC. Helped the Seminoles to 26 wins, one shy of tying the school record, while their 12 conference victories tied the school record for ACC wins in a campaign. As a high school senior, played for the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team at the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit.

Cool statistic: In his first career NCAA tournament game, against FGCU, Isaac showed his stat-sheet stuffing skills by contributing 17 points, 10 rebounds, a career-high five assists, three blocked shots and two steals.

Reminds me of: Rashard Lewis

What Insiders Say
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton

“Jonathan possesses some unusual intangibles that don't always necessarily show up in the statistical column or at least the really public eye. He's extremely unselfish. He's a cerebral player. He thinks the games through. He tries to play the game the right way. … Defensively, he takes challenges. He blocks shots. He rebounds. He's as concerned about making the pass to the guy who makes the pass, to the guy who gives the assist. And he's not all hung up on statistics.”

What Outsiders Say
Xavier coach Chris Mack

“The unique thing about him is he can do it in a variety of ways. He can post up. He can certainly shoot the basketball from the perimeter. They throw lobs to him. He's a terrific offensive rebounder. He's a challenge.”

 

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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