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Isaiah’s Ideas: Working out with John Wall

Class of 2013 guard Isaiah Lewis is one of the best players in the country and is being chased by some of the top programs in all of college basketball, including Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. He has agreed to give National Recruiting Spotlight exclusive access to his life and recruitment in his player blog and will reveal any important developments regarding his recruitment in these entries. Make sure you follow him @isaiahlewis12 on Twitter!


What’s up world! It’s Isaiah Lewis and I’m going to be doing blogs for National Recruiting Spotlight. I just want to thank all the fans and readers for being supportive of me. Being that this is my first blog, I just want to tell you a little bit about myself.

I’m going to be a junior in high school at Christ the King in New York this year. I currently play for Albany City Rocks (NY) and this summer has been real good for me. I’ve been playing  for both the 16s and 17s with City Rocks but I didn’t go to the Peach Jam. However, I will be in Orlando, Florida for the Super Showcase next week playing for the 17 and under team.

I look forward to playing against some of the top teams and players in the country, especially guys in the class older me. I also look forward to playing with [class of 2012 center] DaJuan Coleman (#5) and [class of 2012 shooting guard] Ricardo Ledo (#9) because they are two of the best players in their class. I’ve been able to learn a lot from Rick since he’s really good in pick-and-roll situations and he’s a really good scorer.

I’m really excited for the event and if I’m not mistaken, our first game is on ESPNU so that’s going to be crazy. If we’re playing our television, I’m guessing whoever we play is very good so that’s going to be a lot of fun to play in front of all the college coaches and people watching at home.

Another thing that I want to talk about is I got to workout with [Washington Wizards point guard] John Wall. It was really big for me because one of my dreams was to workout with a number one draft pick and I got to do it. He’s a real cool guy and we talked on Twitter and stuff before we actually worked out together. He gave me some tips on how I could work on my game and he said if I work on some things I could possibly play in the NBA too. It was just real neat working out with him.

We worked on a lot of transition drills, cross-overs, pull-ups [jump shots] and a lot of full-speed things because obviously John Wall loves playing in transition and so do I. That’s what I really wanted to take from his game, how well he played in open court and how fast he was able to do everything. Another thing we did was play one-on-one.

It was real cool because he didn’t beat me by a lot of points and we were both going at it as hard as we could. He won 12-8 and 12-6 because he was able to edge me out at the end of both games. We were playing around and joking a little bit between points but it was a pretty serious game.

One thing he told me was to always stay humble and keep working hard and to not worry about rankings and that kind of stuff. He just told me to play my game and he already knew that I was interested in Kentucky and he said he might be down there when I go take my visit in August. I’m not really sure about the rules and whether I can work out and play with him at Kentucky but I’m ready for a re-match!

Being able to play with him and seeing all the guys that [Kentucky head] coach [John] Calipari sends to the pros affects my recruitment big time. Not only did coach Cal produce John Wall, but he has had guys like [Chicago Bull] Derrick Rose, [Sacramento King] Tyreke Evans and [Detroit Piston] Brandon Knight. I take all of that into consideration because I want to play point guard in college too and I need to take a look at a spot like Kentucky where I will be mentally and physically prepared for the next level.

I know all of you guys want to get to the good part of the blog, which is my recruitment. I hold offers from Kansas, UConn, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), West Virginia, St. John’s, Washington, Baylor, Arkansas, Oregon State, Stanford, Ohio State, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Memphis. UNC, Duke and Kentucky are showing me some interest right now too.

I really like UK, and I would say that they have an edge over the other schools, but I’m not going to rush the process and I don’t want to say they’re my favorite because I like a lot of other schools too. My parents and I are going to look at every option I have and go from there.

The other schools that I like are Kansas, Memphis, Arkansas, North Carolina just got involved this past week, N.C. State, Oklahoma State, Duke, Arizona, Miami (FL), Florida, Florida State, Texas, Missouri, Rutgers and Seton Hall. The ones that are sticking out right now are North Carolina, Kentucky, Memphis, Ohio State, Arkansas, Florida, Arizona and Florida State.

As far as the schools I just mentioned, they’ve been keeping in contact with me the most. Since I wasn’t at the Peach Jam this week, I know next week at the Showcase is going to be crazy because all the coaches that haven’t gotten to see me yet will be watching me. Keeping in contact with me and e-mailing me really means a lot to me and having coaches come see me at the Reebok Breakout Camp was real big too.

Memphis, North Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas, Villanova, Ole Miss, Memphis, Gonzaga, Oklahoma State, Florida and Miami (FL) were all at the camp. I know all of these coaches are busy and could be recruiting other guys so it means a lot that they are talking to me and come watch me play. The schools recruiting me the hardest are Miami (FL), Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio State, Kentucky — they’ve been calling my high school coach some and coach “O” contacts me a lot—, I talk to Memphis almost everyday and Kansas keeps in touch everyday too. I have to take all these things into consideration too.

Kentucky is recruiting me as a point guard as is Florida and Memphis and I want to play the point in college so if schools are recruiting me as that it’s even more of a plus for them. Schools that recruit me as a shooting guard aren’t cut from my list or anything like that, but it does help colleges if they recruit me as a point guard instead.

While I’m talking about all of this recruiting stuff, I also wanted to say that in addition to visiting Kentucky in August and Florida next week, I’m interested in visiting UConn before the summer is over as well as Florida State. In October, I want to visit Memphis and Kansas and I also have to decide which Midnight Madness I’m going to.

I also plan on going to college with another kid in my class, [shooting guard] Brannen Greene from Georgia, so I want to see where he’s going and who he’s going to pick. Basically, when I was talking to [Kentucky assistant] coach Orlando [Antigua] when he started recruiting me I told him about Brannen. All the other schools I like know about Brannen and he told schools about me too. He told Memphis to recruit me and I told Arizona to recruit him because we are real close and we might actually visit Florida too when we go down to the Super Showcase.

Right now, I wouldn’t say we’re a “package deal” but we definitely look forward to playing with each other. At the end of the day, anything can happen because he may find a better situation for himself at one place and I’ll find a good fit somewhere else, but we would love to play together and make that happen.

Well, that’s it for my first blog so I hope you guys liked it! Make sure you keep checking National Recruiting Spotlight for more of my blogs, stay blessed!


Thanks again to Isaiah Lewis for giving us an inside look at his life and recruitment. If you would like Isaiah to talk about anything specific, you can send an e-mail to National Recruiting Spotlight at joshpaunil@gmail.com with your tips and suggestions. Don’t forget to follow both Isaiah (@isaiahlewis12) and Josh (@JoshPaunilNRS) on Twitter.

One comment on “Isaiah’s Ideas: Working out with John Wall

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