Isaiah Whitehead to announce decision on Thursday

  • 09/18/2013 7:35 am in


Class of 2014 guard Isaiah Whitehead is ready to announce his college decision.

The Lincoln High School (N.Y.) standout will make his destination known on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in a press conference at his school.

Whitehead shared his plans for a Thursday announcement on his Twitter account and Inside the Hall’s Jordan Littman confirmed those plans with his high school coach, Tiny Morton.

He’ll choose from five schools: Indiana, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and St. John’s.

Whitehead took an unofficial visit to Seton Hall last weekend and has an unofficial trip to St. John’s set for Wednesday evening. He visited Indiana in late August and had been considering an official visit for Hoosier Hysteria.

Whitehead is rated the No. 17 overall prospect in the 247Composite and the No. 5 shooting guard.

It’s a busy week for guard prospects being recruited by Indiana as Robert Johnson is scheduled to announce his college decision on Friday and point guard Lourawls Nairn will be in Bloomington this weekend for an official weekend.

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  • Gregory Spera

    Whoa! Is gerald schizophrenic?

  • Earl Scheib

    It’s this simple: we have a bumper crop of awesome freshmen coming in, and all these 2014 recruits are wondering if they’re going to get any playing time next year. This is why Slimipari is able to get the top guys every year; he’s effectively “gamed” the system by creating a treadmill where every year 6 guys bag off to the NBA and there are positions and possible playing time opening up every single year. The top guys don’t look at where they’re going to play through any other lens now than where they will get exposure and playing time which will get them to the next level. If they don’t see themselves cracking the starting lineup immediately, they’d rather go to another program–like Seton Hall–that will give them marquee notoriety rather than fight for a fighting slot somewhere else. Again, a hallmark of the immediate gratification generation. Let’s see what happens with IW and RJ, but I’m ready to start rooting for the guys who have signed letters of intent rather than speculating about all these recruits. Go Hoosiers!

  • esapata

    Why? He’s already visited once. It’s not like Hoosier Hysteria is the only visit that ever snags commitments.


    Whitehead does not look to be coming to IU IMHO. Time of his announcement, the little things he has said, saying he may come to HH and then announcing way before that, among other things, all point to him going elsewhere. I wanted him, he probably isn’t coming, and it’s not the end of the world. Now, having said all that I really do hope everything I just typed turns out to make me sound like I had no idea what I was talking about.

  • Gregory Spera

    It’s just that I had never before, heard anyone suggest, that Indiana Basketball just might not be able to fill available scholarships with “top talent” and would have to just let them sit, unused.

  • esapata

    To be fair, being from NY, you can’t really accuse someone like Whitehead of wanting to got to Seton Hall or St. John’s just because he wants instant gratification. Those schools are very close to home for him, unlike Minny and Btown, and for some kids proximity to home matters. The new Big East may also look like a promising/competitive league for an east coast kid to play in.

  • Jakedipo

    Definitely, be patient!!… and remember we have guys like Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson who will both be beasts after a year of experience!

  • gerald

    Gregory don’t be upset cause i accused you of being on the ledge..

  • Corey M

    Sounds like you should be writing for ITH since you got it all figured out

  • tj21

    First, thank you Alex for posting this in the regular site.

    Now to the reality. We are fine, whether we get 3-4 or 0 in this class we will be fine. Our incoming freshmen are a great group, mixed with the returning talent, we will be really good after the first of the year and into March. Watch out in 14′.

    it would be great to have a great class every year, but thats not realistic in todays environment, unless you want to be a “one and done” school. CTC and his staff are fine, no need to worry about that at this point. But, 2015 needs to happen and we all have to trust that CTC and staff will deliver.

  • Outoftheloop

    Nothing is “clear”! He announces IU and comes for Hoosier Hysteria to be anointed “King” of the State, makes as much of a “clear” sign. You may be right or you may be wrong, just as I can be. But we both will know soon!

  • drewheck

    I agree man

  • Kerry Smith

    First, it doesn’t look good if a school coming off a big ten title and sending 2 players top 5 to the NBA to not have one recruit. Second, what do we do if CTC doesn’t deliver in 2015? Do we sit back and hope for 2016? I think we need to have a reasonable level of expectations but we also need to have a reasonable level of accountability. At what point do we just say “look CTC, thanks for all you’ve done, but you’re fired”?

  • Outoftheloop

    St John’s is really big in NYC but not so much nationally. There are no KY, Duke, UNC, Kansas type of National programs besides IU! MN is not even “big” in the B1G (behind Iowa and IL in addition to IU, MSU, MI, OSU and WI). Pittsburgh and Seton Hall generate no national “pub”. It will be interesting!

  • Gregory Spera

    Ha! It’s just that, for some reason, your post originally showed “gerald” arguing with “gerald.”

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    Yeah, and there’s something to be said for not only staying local, but being “the guy” to bring some much needed publicity and energy back to a local school. I guarantee that was a topic of conversation on his trips to St. John’s….

  • gerald

    Hey Jerry, oops, I mean Kerry Smith.

  • Walton

    No kidding, it’ll be ok — too much emphasis on speculation and expectations — and not enough on waiting to see the end result. Besides some small things here and there, I am not worried about IU ball at all, might change but not now

  • kyhoosier

    Listen, it doesn’t make sense to throw the coach under the bus with everything he has done at IU. He has taken a program from the pits of ncaa hell, to the sweet sixteen two years in a row. He has proven time and time again that he knows what he is doing, so please give him a break. Did you honestly think that winning a national championship in 5 years was a reality. I could have happened, but it didn’t, give him a chance to fully bring the dream to reality. These things take time.

  • Ole Man

    Let us hope so.

  • Ole Man

    You had me agreeing until those last two sentences. I don’t like one and done programs, such as UK, but they are interesting to watch.

  • Ole Man

    Actually, he’s close. D Robinson is a long shot for IU.
    R Johnson is a tossup, but in my eyes, not a great loss if he goes to UNC.
    The real loss would be Goodluck.

  • Southport65

    I said if you read all of it that I was tried of guards jacking us around. If we can not get guards that want to play for IU there are still big men to look at. I do not think we just need to fill these spots with bottom players. just to say we filled our roster. We already have lots of great players. It would be bad to take just anyone to fill these spots and then down the road wish we had those two spots for Indiana kids a year later. I hope for the best for IU and the kids coach is after. I hope he gets everyone he wants but if not do not panic like some fans and worry about these 2 spots being filled.

  • Walton

    “It’s Indiana”………right? Oh I guess that has lost some of its prestige over the last couple decades. None of that fault lies on Crean or his teams though. Crean probably has his same pitch: “Come to IU, you can help bring the program back to what it once was.”

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    lets just hope CTC and coach Kenny’s hard work on the recruiting trail pays off, along with the rest of our staff. if we get 1 of these players ill be happy because the cupboard is not bare people at all, my bggest concern is a little bettter in game coaching and adjusting to a 2-3 zone, cough.

  • NWI Hoosier

    This kid is a 5 star recruit. Most likely a McDonalds All American. If he commits to IU he is starting on day 1 regarless of who stays or goes.

    Playing time should not be an issue for top level talent.

    I do agree with you regarding being a City kid. He probably goes to St. John’s or Cuse, but you never know.

  • Ole Man

    Maybe, the kid saw enough in his IU visit to decide to want to come here; and the St. John’s visit is just a courtesty.
    Hey, it could happen.

    PS: Like RJ, but he isn’t as athletic as I would like at the position. Good shooter; growing into his game; going to probably be a good to fine college player. Glad to have him if he comes. Not jumping off a ledge is he doesn’t.

  • gerald

    Why is D. Robinson a long shot?

  • Chumhoosier

    So we blast the indiana kids for not wanting to stay in state or close to home. But when an out of state recruit stays close he’s making the wrong choice? Lets be better fans than that. Maybe Whitehead comes maybe not, but if he stays close to home I applaud him for trying to be St. John’s or Seton Halls Cody Zeller, aka savior.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    i wonder how long it will be before we go 4-0 against the state of Michigan again…. what a fantastic season we had and now all of our expectations are higher as they should be and the same goes or recruiting. INDIANA WE’RE ALL FOR YOU. Now lets get those class of 14 players!! and P.S. HANNER GO TO THE GYM

  • Kerry Smith

    Crean always gets a pass. Especially at ITH. I for one am done giving him a pass. He had 2 top 5 NBA players together for two years and we can’t get passed the sweet 16? Time to put up or shut up CTC

  • notfargj

    syracuse is off his list. it’s looking like st. john’s.

  • syracuse is as country as bloomington

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    I talked to Will Sheehey and he said,” Doesn’t matter who we get, I’ll be gone!” So Chillax! Lol

  • JD

    Man everyone is so quick to jump ship. This is Indiana basketball, we will be fine. That being said, I really want Whitehead…kid is smooth. Looking forward to this season.

  • bfblog

    you’re forgetting evan gordon. either way, we’re talking about 2014-15. think about crean’s rotations. he actually plays a very small group very high minutes typically. regardless IU will take a guard in this class, it’s just a matter of how heralded he ends up being. we could have that answer on Friday.

  • bfblog

    i for one am mystified as to how minnesota insinuated themselves in his recruitment.

  • Walton

    What’s your “put up” expectation? Starting with this class……..

  • marcusgresham

    …with far crappier weather

  • marcusgresham

    Richard Pitino

  • marcusgresham

    If he’s truly a “city kid” I’d think the sheer thought of playing in “The Barn” would be a deterrent.

  • Earl Scheib

    No kidding. Look at what a season we had with guys that weren’t even the top HS players. (Aside from CZ) We were #1 most of the year. And while a Sweet Sixteen ouster was a crushing disappointment, we’ve got some fantastic players this year and it’ll be a great, surprising season. Our new guys have all the promise in the world, I have to say, and there’s something to be said for having players stick around and develop — instead of hastily going to the NBA and being a role player. Anyway, whatever… I hope we get IW, but will not lose sleep if we don’t — and it certainly doesn’t mean the sky is falling and that Crean should be iced. Love how passionate we all are, but this negativity crap is getting old.

  • marcusgresham

    Why Whitehead would skip IU over schools like Seton Hall/St. John’s (if he does, indeed, do so,) is proximity. No one around here had a problem with the IU football program signing Darius Latham but I bet there were fans of some blueblood programs scratching their heads over his decision.
    Speaking of whom, is he still a candidate to walk on the basketball team? Those are 5 solid fouls I’d not mind having if nothing else.

  • IUDan

    Absurd comment … Programs are built over the long term, not short term… With your standards, no coach in America is safe.

    If we sign NO ONE in this class we’re fine. I think we sign at least 1.

  • marcusgresham

    I always heard that instant gratification thing was detrimental to one’s vision.

  • marcusgresham

    1. It’s “past,” not “passed.”
    2. Who, prior to last season, thought Victor Oladipo was a future top-5 pick?
    3. Only 8 teams make it “past” the Sweet 16, and it’s not out of left field to say that, had IU drawn anyone but Syracuse, who was a match-up nightmare, it wouldn’t have gotten there?

  • marcusgresham

    I said something similar but you said it better.

  • marcusgresham

    Should neither Whitehead nor Johnson choose IU, there is still a possibility the ’14 class may not be empty. With the current roster there are a few freshmen who likely won’t get much playing time, setting them up to be candidates for redshirting. Just something to think about…

  • MillaRed

    I would love to share in this enthusiasm. And our beloved Hoosier Nation will not give up on CTC. But I have to confess, something seems “a little off” right now with recruiting. Zero commits at this juncture? If you would have told me that 2 years ago I would have laughed it off. Call me cautiously optimistic.

  • Kenneth234

    ???? How long have Indiana Basketball been getting every recruit they target? I realize that we scored on Zeller, Yogi, Vonleh, and Williams, but it is not like we have been full of top 25, 50, or even top 100 players for the past several years. So why such disappointment this early already?