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November 16, 2012

BASKETBALL: Catching up with Coach E - 11/16/2012

I am so proud to announce that Isaiah Williams has signed a national letter of intent to play at Iona College next season.  He will have 3 years to play at the MAAC powerhouse that made the NCAA tournament last year.  Iona College is located in New Rochelle, NY and is considered one of the top programs in the country averaging 25 wins in the past 2 years under current head coach Tim Cluess. Isaiah has been a huge part of changing the culture here within the SCF basketball family and he will be a welcome addition to the Iona Gaels.
 
Isaiah’s journey…
 
Originally from Newark, NJ, Isaiah grew up with his mother, two brothers and 1 sister. "It makes me work harder every day that I am away from them. I stay focused in school so I can make them proud," Williams said. Isaiah prepped at the Robinson School for Head Coach Vince Robinson where he averaged 27 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, and 5 assists per game.  His versatility is a rarity at any level of basketball and he is a stat stuffer.

I first met Isaiah when he burst on the national recruiting scene at the famed Hoop Group Basketball Camp in PA. I had the pleasure of coaching him in the Top 20 all-star game where he was named MVP. Isaiah had no scholarship offers before camp and was a virtual unknown. He left camp with 15 division one offers! After prep school and a year at Marshall University, Isaiah was one of my first signees when I accepted the job here. He has been role model both on and off the court. His attitude and determination to be successful have been a driving force for our teams early success.

 

 

In fact, Isaiah was at Bayshore Elementary this morning reading and speaking to the students there about the importance of an education. He has helped a lot of our younger players with the transition from high school to college and being away from home for the first time.
 
While his family and friends are still recovering and rebuilding from the Hurricane in NJ, he has been focused on the basketball court. He is currently averaging 17.2 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game. One of his best attributes is his willingness to do whatever the team needs him to do. Isaiah is the most UNSELFISH player I have EVER COACHED. He willl be a perfect addition to the Iona Gaels next season.

Isaiah plays every position for us and wants to do whatever he can to help our team’s success. He embodies our team’s ALL IN ALL THE TIME motto. Congratulations Isaiah!

Catch up with me next week!

 

Coach E