Harlem native Isaiah Washington, known for being the leader of “JellyFam” is once again in the transfer portal. He is set to let everyone know where he will be transferring to by next week per his Instagram Live.
Who is Isaiah Washington?
Isaiah Washington is a 6-foot-1 point guard who has incredible handle over the ball and passing instincts that are off the charts. That being said, Washington has struggled to find success at the collegiate level. After having a decent freshman season at Minnesota, his minutes and production both dropped during his sophomore season, and this is what led him to transfer from Richard Pitino’s Golden Gophers to the Iona Gaels. Being a former 4-star recruit, people expected Washington to excel in a mid-major conference like the MAAC. However, he had his ups and downs in the beginning of the season, but later in the season he really came into his own and became a leader for Iona. Under normal circumstances he would’ve been set up to have a great senior season for the Gaels, but with Rick Pitino coming in and bringing 8 new recruits with him, it was inevitable for Washington to leave Iona. Both sides agreed that staying at Iona would hold him back and it would be best for him to go somewhere that would give him more opportunity.
Potential Landing Spots for Washington
Bryant: Isaiah would really be able to shine for the the Bryant Bulldogs. The NEC is one of the smaller conferences in the country and Washington would most likely be the most talented player on the floor at all times. It should also be noted that Bryant’s head coach, Jared Grasso, assisted under Tim Cluess at Iona for several seasons, which might appeal to Washington since Cluess is the coach that recruited Isaiah to Iona. On top of that, Washington’s close friend and former high school teammate Sidney Wilson received an offer from Bryant after announcing that he was transferring from UConn. Washington and Wilson have both expressed interest in teaming up with one another, and Bryant might be the school where they can make that happen.
Long Beach State: It’s only right to include Long Beach State in Isaiah Washington’s list of possible destinations after they reached out to him just a few days ago. Like Bryant, Long Beach State is also in a low level conference where Washington would be able to thrive. They had a rough season last year and would look to rely on Isaiah as a leader, which is a great situation for a player like Washington who should feel like he has something to prove. Long Beach State also missed out on landing Seton Hall transfer Anthony Nelson, who chose Manhattan over them, leaving Long Beach State to continue looking for their next point guard.
Manhattan: The Jaspers, who beat out Long Beach State for Anthony Nelson, can also steal Isaiah Washington from them. Nelson will have to sit a year before suiting up for Manhattan, which would give Washington the chance to have a big senior season as Manhattan’s point guard. Also, Manhattan is in the same conference and is rivals with Iona. The opportunity to play against his former team might appeal to Washington, who should have a chip on his shoulder.
Marist: This is a team that has struggled to find any success in the MAAC in recent history, but with an experienced group of players returning next season, the Red Foxes might be one player away from giving the top teams in the conference some real competition. Being in Poughkeepsie, NY, Marist would also allow Isaiah to stay close to home which was a major factor in him transferring to Iona.
La Salle: The Explorers can potentially be an ideal fit for Washington. It is a situation that can benefit both sides considering La Salle gets a point guard that can replace Pookie Powell, who averaged 15 ppg last year, and it would give Isaiah the opportunity to prove himself in one of the better mid-major conferences in the country. If he leads La Salle to a successful season in the Atlantic 10 conference, Washington would gain the respect of a lot of people.
Prediction: Long Beach State
Judging by his Instagram Live, it seems that Isaiah Washington has already decided where he will be playing next season. Considering Long Beach State is the only team that has officially reached out to him thus far, I think this is the school that we will most likely see Isaiah playing for next season. Wherever Washington ends up, I wish him the best and I truly believe he will open some eyes and prove a lot of people wrong in his senior year.