Following a strong second half of Big East play, and a Big East tournament MVP, Seton Hall Pirates guard Isaiah Whitehead will "test the NBA Draft waters", Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard told SNY.
Whitehead, a sophomore, led the Pirates in scoring (18.2 PPG), and assists (5.1 APG) in his first season playing point guard.
Whitehead can be a prolific scorer, and transitioned relatively seamlessly to point guard, at least in terms of assists.
There are a couple red flags in Whitehead's profile, as well. He attempted 15.1 field goals per game on the season, and had a shooting percentage of just 37.9%. His turnover numbers were also quite high, at 3.5 per game.
Whitehead went 4-24 from the field, recording only 10 points in Seton Hall's Round of 64 loss to the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Per the new NCAA rules, so long as Whitehead doesn't hire an agent, he has until 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine to remove his name from the draft. If nothing else, it's a smart idea for the Pirates guard to test the waters and go through drills, at least to see where scouts think he'll end up.
NBA Draft blogger Ed Isaacson had the following to say about Whitehead earlier Friday,
@JacobPadilla_ I certainly wouldn’t rule it out, but if he’s not hitting shots during workouts, he’ll be told to head on back to SHU— Ed Isaacson (@nbadraftblog) March 18, 2016
DraftExpress currently has Whitehead as the 30th best sophomore in the NCAA. He is not currently listed in their 2016 or 2017 NBA Mock Drafts.