Florida State freshman Jonathan Isaac is declaring for the NBA draft, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com (Twitter link). Isaac, who is expected to sign with an agent, thanked Seminoles fans in a video on his Instagram page (link). Isaac was regarded as the draft’s No. 5 prospect in CBS Sports’ rankings.
Isaac’s announcement comes six days after Florida State’s tournament elimination against Xavier. The 19-year-old Isaac was a collegiate standout in his freshman season, averaging 12 PPG with 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks over 32 games. Isaac has long been on draft radars, working out for NBA scouts before the start of his Seminoles career.
As Wayne E. McGahee III of the Tallahassee Democrat points out, Isaac is the third Seminole to declare for the draft in the last three days, as Dwayne Bacon and Xavier Rathan-Mayes also announced their intent to enter the draft. Current Seminoles in the NBA include Malik Beasley, Okaro White, and Toney Douglas.
“I’m here with my mom to officially announce I’ve decided to enter the 2017 NBA draft,” Isaac stated in his video post. “I’d like to thank all of Florida State for making my time here worthwhile, and a special thanks to all you fans and FSU’s amazing staff. I truly enjoyed my time here, and it’s all because of you guys. I know the season didn’t end as well as everyone expected, but I’m proud of what my team accomplished, and I’m honored to be a part of the Seminoles’ basketball family.”