2017 Prospect Profile | Jonathan Isaac

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Freshman, F, Florida State

6’11, 205 lbs
7’1.25” wingspan
9’0.5” standing reach

College Stats In 2016-17:

32 games, 12 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.5 BPG, 1.2 SPG, 1.2 APG, 50.8 FG%, 78 FT%, 34.8 3P%

ACC All-Freshman Team

Where He’ll Go:

Isaac is considered a lottery pick.

Best Game In 2014-15:

In Florida State’s 83-80 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 18, Isaac dominated and finished with a near triple-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks, one assist and one steal. He shot an efficient 7-for-9 from the field, 2-for-2 from the 3-point line and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

The Rundown:

Isaac’s greatest potential comes on the defensive end. He’s a rim protector just based on his length and height. But when you add in his ability to defend multiple positions with his quick feet, that’s when things get exciting. We’re seeing more and more bigs defend the perimeter and that should get scouts excited.

He’s a solid rebounder. Offensively, there’s hope that he’ll be able to extend his range to the 3-point line. His shot looks natural and he did shoot 35 percent from deep as a freshman. That won’t translate right away to the pros, but it should eventually.

Isaac has great hustle.

He’ll need to work his ball handling if he wants to play out on the perimeter. Offensively, he is sometimes unreceptive and can disappear.

The biggest “weakness” of Isaac is his slender build. He’ll need to add more weight to play consistent minutes in the NBA, especially if he’s going to guard power forwards and centers.

Overall, the main attraction for a team picking Isaac is his ability to defend on the perimeter as well as in the paint.

Quotable

“At 6-foot-10 and 210 pounds, Isaac is a supersize wing who plays primarily as a small-ball PF, and he spaces the floor out to the 3-point line. Every NBA team needs players who can provide 3-point shooting and defense at multiple positions, and Isaac has the best combination of those skills of any of the 10 freshmen currently projected to go in the lottery by DraftExpress. Only three shoot the 3 more accurately than Isaac, but whether due to a lack of speed (Lauri Markkanen) or size (Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz), none offer the same kind of defensive flexibility.” – The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks on Isaac.

 

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