Isaiah Wong 6’2” Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast Catholic HS (We R 1) – Wong is a player who caught my eye as a freshman playing for Notre Dame HS in NJ with his poise in handling a team and his dead eye shooting stroke that was money out to the arc. In the ensuing 2 years he has done nothing to change my mind about his ability to impact the game as a combo guard who can light it up as a scorer or draw defenders to him and dish the rock to open teammates in a pick your poison fashion. The Catholic league and SE Pa. POY and 1st team 5A all state selection had a great 1st year at Bonner-Prendie leading the Friars to the PIAA 5A semi’s where they lost to eventual state champion Abington Heights. On the plus side of the ledger for Wong is his shooting stroke which is very smooth and balanced. He can get his shot off in tight spaces with a quick release and is efficient off the catch or creating it off the dribble. He can get to the basket with finesse moves and has great body control to finish thru contact and he tops it off by shooting a high percentage from the FT line. His handle is ultra slick as he can control the pace of the game by handling vs. pressure and can drive it hard to the basket for floaters or he can drop it off to open shooters for knock down opportunities. He also has shown the ability to use his off hand on the dribble penetration to the hole then flip up the shot with that hand as well. Wong does sees the court well and while not a true PG his IQ kicks in for spot on passes that lead to uncontested hoops. His lithe frame serves him well around the basket and though he doesn’t block out well he rebounds rather well from the guard position. His speed and quickness serve him well on the defensive end as he may not have the physicality to muscle his opponents his quick feet and good hands help out in that category with steals and forced turnovers. He does tend to reach in a bit defensively but he will play the help side D that’s necessary and he has shown an ability to close out on open perimeter shooters. As a minus he tends to not defend off the ball primarily because he hedges inside when the ball is on the opposite side of the court looking for the steal and doesn’t always get out to guard the open shooter even though he’s shown the ability to do so. There are times when he seems to lose focus during the game if his squad is up big but this is quite common in contests that have ceased to be competitive. His recruitment should see an uptick this spring as Villanova and Miami have been in hot pursuit as well as Jersey schools Seton Hall and Rutgers. Also you can add in U Conn, Illinois, Memphis and Cincinnati and it should be an interesting summer too. With solid court sense and a great attitude to match his obvious skillset I would think that quite a few more schools will attempt to get involved with his recruitment in the near future.
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