Ishmail’s Intuition: Talks recruitment, visits, school

Class of 2013 small forward Ishmail Wainright was previously committed to the University of Missouri but has since taken a step back and reviewed his other options. He now has drawn interest from the top programs in the country including Louisville, St. John’s, Syracuse and many others. Wainright has agreed to give National Recruiting Spotlight exclusive access into his life and recruitment via these player blogs and will talk about any major recruiting news here. Be sure to join over 2,000 other people and follow him on Twitter (@Wainright24)!


Yo Yo Yo, this is ya boy Ishmail Wainright, better known as “ISH,” from Kansas City, Missouri. I am a 6’6, 228 pound point forward that loves to do it all. The funny thing about this is that, before I came out here [to Maryland], I was 217 pounds and now I am at 228! By the time I get out of high school, I’m going to be at about 240. Hahaha! Joking, joking, that’s too big!

But I recently moved away from Kansas City at the beginning of this year to attend Montrose Christian High School in Rockville, Maryland. This was the biggest move of my life. I had to leave all my family and friends back home but they holding it down back home.

Here are some interesting facts about me growing up and my early life:

  • My first time ever picking up a ball my mom and pops say I was one-years-old.
  • My first time shooting and making it on a ten foot basket, I was two.
  • In my first game I was the age of three.
  • Growing up in the inner city was crazy! Haha, never will I forget those days. It was hard but that’s how it goes sometimes. My mom and dad were divorced when I was four and to this day, I remember it all.

This is a blog about me right? We can talk about anything right? Good. Stay with me, here! Lol.

At a young age, I wasn’t really into basketball to tell you the truth. I just played it because my dad was the coach and I was good at it. I ran the point with his older team and I’ve always played up. I remember one time, I was ten playing in a showcase game that was held outside against 17-year-old and 18-year-old guys and I won! I didn’t think much of it, I just wanted to get on the court.

I also love football to this day. You could put me anywhere on the field and I’ll get the job done. My main positions were quarterback and free safety, I loved to play both sides of the ball. People say quarterbacks aren’t physical, but not in my mindset!

After football was baseball. Third base baby! Beast! That’s been my position since third grade. They tried me at pitcher, but I was terrible. I believe I hit about seven people, walked 12 and scared everyone. Hahaha! No lie!

Okay okay, enough with all the sports talk.

I have many sister and brothers — three brothers and four sisters — two of whom are step-siblings. My oldest sister lives in Oklahoma City and her name is Lashun Bozeman-Wainright. I have twin sisters who are older, Calvon and Caleese Wainright. The next oldest is my step-sister, Kiana Boyington. I also have an older brother that just turned 21, Hassan Williams, his last name isn’t Wainright but Williams and he attends the University of Missouri. I have a step-brother that just turned 20, Stephuan Jackson. Then it’s me at 17. After me, it’s my little brother that you all will hear about real soon, Amaad Wainright. Yeah, it’s a big family, we have different mothers but the same father. Everyone has played a sport or still does.

Now on to my recruiting.

You guys may or may not believe this, but the University of Florida was my dream school since the first grade. Crazy, huh? Yeah, I know. But so far I have been hearing from so many schools. Although, I know some of them know that I want to go to school with my brothers, [class of 2013 point guard] Kasey Hill and [class of 2013 power forward] Julius Randle. I hope it works out. We walk it out all the time.

Recently I attended two Midnight Madness’s — George Washington and Howard University. It was a big difference between the both of them and I’m not going to lie, George Washington was kind of boring. On the other hand, Howard University… oh my god! That was crazy! The dances, the music, the performers, the students… they were all LIVE! It was OFF THE WALL! But I liked them both. Howard told me I could change their whole program around in basketball. It’s a small school but that’s probably the best offer I’ve had. It’s a small school but big at the same time, if that makes since.

I also visited Oklahoma State this past weekend. I was there for just one day from Friday to Saturday and then I worked out early that morning. Me and my mentor just went down there to shoot some and workout. It was crazy! At first I thought it was kind of far away but it was mad crazy. They were wild and the visit was eye-opening. They have a lot of school spirit! And the locker rooms and cheerleaders were crazy. I didn’t expect the visit to be like how it was but like I keep saying, it was crazy! Being in the student section, you could feel the whole entire place.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for the football game because I had to get back to campus to see my mom and dad. But this visit really changed how I look at Oklahoma State. It was amazing, I really liked it there. They’re standing out pretty high right now, but I have some other schools that I still need to visit to see how they are. I want to visit Syracuse and St. John’s since they aren’t too far away with my bro [class of 2013 point guard] Isaiah Lewis.

But that’s a little bit about me to start this off, more is coming real soon. I like doing this so far!


Thanks again to Ishmail Wainright for giving us an inside look at his life and recruitment. If you would like Ishmail 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 Ishmail (@Wainright24) and Josh (@JoshPaunilNRS) on Twitter and tweet at us some of your feedback!

7 comments on “Ishmail’s Intuition: Talks recruitment, visits, school

  1. Great job..

  2. Good job lil brother. Love U!

  3. Thanks for sharing some of your life journey. You are destined for greatness!

  4. […] over the summer for the KC 76ers. In Wainwright’s diary entry for the site, he writes that Florida has been his “dream school” since 1st […]

  5. […] over the summer for the KC 76ers. In Wainwright’s diary entry for the site, he writes that Florida has been his “dream school” since 1st […]

  6. Bring you and your brothers to the BIG BLUE NATION, we will be waiting with open arms…

  7. […] By: Ishmail Wainright                                                                      Ish’s First Player Blog […]

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