Isaiah Todd Contemplates College Choice, Will Stay In 2020 Class

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Isaiah Todd, the 6-foot-10 power forward from Trinity Academy, in Raleigh, North Carolina, is considering several schools in his recruitment and will remain in the Class of 2020 without reclassifying to 2019.

“No, we're not going to do 2019. He's going to stay in 2020,” his mother, Marlene, told FloHoops Saturday at the USA Basketball Junior National team mini-camp at the Jefferson Activity Center.

Because the NBA Draft rules won’t change to allow high school kids to jump from the preps to the pros until at least 2021 (or more likely 2022), Todd would need to spend at least a year on campus anyway. Todd is currently ranked as the No. 13 prospect in 2020, per 247Sports.com.

Meantime, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Oregon are in the mix, and the family will decide on some visits after the Final Four.

“All options are on the table, but I don’t think [reclassifying] is something that I’m going to do,” Todd said.

As for Kentucky, the Wildcats offered Todd in February and are coming strong. John Calipari texted him “maybe a couple days ago.”

“They just want me to come in and get better, they just want me to get better,” he said. “Come in and just follow their role and the guys that they put in the league.”

Kentucky needs frontcourt help in 2019 and beyond because Reid Travis graduates and P.J. Washington is likely headed to the NBA Draft. Kentucky did just add Bucknell graduate transfer Nate Sestina.

“That’s exactly what they said, they said they needed frontcourt help,” Todd said. “They want me to look at P.J.’s game, and that was pretty much it.”

The NBA legacy at Kentucky “is very appealing because that’s one of the things that I want to look at is if schools put guys in the NBA and prepare them for the next level.”

As for North Carolina, Todd has visited several times because he lives nearby in Raleigh.

“I go to a lot of games because they’re right around the corner,” he said.

Todd also likes the Carolina message.

“They’re just telling me that they’re really family-oriented and coach [Roy Williams] loves my character and I love his. We vibe really well.”

Oklahoma is also involved.

“They want me to come in and be the leader and be their guy and just take that program to the next level,” he said.

Oregon coach Tony Stubblefield “came to one of my games at the end of the season.”

“We talked briefly and he told me he thought it was best if I class up [to 2019], but he would take me either one, 2019 or 2020,” Todd said.  “And he just wants me to come in and take that program to the next level.”

As for a timetable, Todd will sit down with his family this summer and evaluate his options.

“We’re going to put all our options on the table this summer and just go through what I’m looking for,” he said.

Wherever he goes, he plans to make an impact.

“Wherever you want me to play at, that’s where I’ll play,” he said. “Most schools like me as a stretch four, be able to space out, shoot the three, use the ball screen from time to time. Also hang low, get rebounds.”

Don Showalter, the USA Basketball Junior National Team coach, said Todd’s work ethic has improved in recent years.

“Isaiah’s turned his game around 360 degrees since freshman year,” he said. “He has a much better attitude. When he was a freshman, he was pretty much entitled and he’s really made progress. I love the kid now.”


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who runs ZAGSBLOG.com and contributes to The New York Times. Follow Adam on Twitter.

Vets Shengelia, Huertas Inspired Baskonia

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz head coach Velimir Perasovic made two changes to the starting lineup from the side that lost by 26 points in Game 1. He replaced second-year players Vincent Poirier and Luca Vildoza with his two most experienced players, Toko Shengelia and Marcelinho Huertas. That move had a big impact on the game.

Ulanovas The Difference-Maker For Zalgiris In Game 2

What a difference 48 hours make. Zalgiris Kaunas held on to stun previously unbeaten at home Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul Thursday night. Its 82-80 road win against the best regular-season team tied at 1-1 their best-of-five series that looked like it could go only one way earlier this week.

Baskonia Overpowers CSKA To Even Series

KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz overpowered CSKA Moscow 68-78 on Thursday night at Megasport Arena to even their best-of-five playoff series at 1-1. 

Game 1 MVP: Vasilije Micic Of Anadolu Efes Istanbul

With Anadolu Efes Istanbul playing its first-ever Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoffs series opener on its home floor, point guard Vasilije Micic starred to help make the occasion a winning one and in the process became MVP for Game 1.

Luka Doncic Returns To Watch Old Team, Real Madrid

One year after he led them to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title, teenage sensation Luka Doncic was back with his old teammates from Real Madrid on Wednesday to mark Game 1 of the team's best-of-five playoffs series against Panathinaikos OPAP Athens.

Zion Williamson Helps Couple With Gender Reveal

Apparently a dunk by Zion Williamson is good for just about everything.

Itoudis Praised CSKA's 'Almost Perfect' Effort

null

As fans of CSKA Moscow basketball surely know, Coach Dimitris Itoudis is not one to praise his charges falsely. When he analyzes his team's play after a game, win or lose, he will be honest and point out what his players must do to improve going forward. Itoudis is also quick to complement those who make the difference, but the coach believes in pushing CSKA to get better and works towards his team finishing the season (or marathon as he often calls it) in their finest form.

Fenerbahce's Dream Defense Set Records

null

If anyone wondered if Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul, the best team in the regular season, had another level to step up, they got the proof on Tuesday night. Fenerbahce welcomed Zalgiris Kaunas to the Asian side of Istanbul and showcased its best-ever defensive performance to open the best-of-five series with a resounding 76-43 victory.

Warriors Still Favored To Win NBA Title Despite DeMarcus Cousins' Injury

Despite the season-ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins and despite blowing a 31-point lead to the Clippers in Game 2 of their first-round series on Monday night, the Warriors remain -220 favorites to win their third straight NBA title.

Road To The Playoffs: Real Madrid

Proudly carrying the precious title of defending Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion, Real Madrid has played like one for the majority of the regular season. After being crowned as a continental champion for a record 10th time last May, Madrid stormed out of the gate to start this campaign in October.