Q/A with 2022 Top-30 Richard Isaacs Jr.
Tell me about where you grew up.
I grew up in the hood in LA. It was rough but it’s part of the reason I am who I am.
Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?
Yeah for sure. My dad was big in grassroots back in the day and I had a cousin in the NBA. Basketball is in my DNA.
When did you start taking the sport seriously?
I started taking basketball seriously around 7th or 8th grade. I gave up football for it.
Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?
Yeah my cousin Marcus Williams, went to UConn and played in the league for a few years.
Describe your game in a sentence or two.
Point Guard who can create his own whenever but also can really pass the ball.
What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?
Basketball is everything to me. I truly love the game and I don’t know what I would do without it. Basketball is in my blood, how could I not love it?
How do you feel about your current ranking?
I really don’t like getting into the ranking stuff because at the end of the day they don’t matter, but I feel disrespected, I’m not gone lie.
Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?
Rankings don’t matter at all honestly. All a ranking is is a number next to your name. If you're a high level hooper, rankings are the last thing you need to be worried about.
Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?
No I don’t.
What schools reach out to you the most?
Kansas, Oregon, Iowa, Missouri, Gonzaga.. just to name a couple that come to mind
During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?
I mean yeah it will probably make a difference, but I’m not going to lie, I’m not focused on the recruiting process at all right now.
What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?
Just to reach out as much as possible.
Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?
Yeah, I talk to my cousin about it sometimes and my grandpa. The talks don’t really get serious, but they just say to make a decision that you know you are going to be happy with and a decision that will best impact your future.
What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?
It’s going to get stressful, a lot of coaches will be contacting you so be ready for that.
What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially, officially or virtually?
No I haven’t.
Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?
No, not yet
Name a few schools that aren’t recruiting you at all, that you would like to receive an offer from sometime in the future.
All of the blue bloods would be cool.
Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?
No not at all.
Did you have a dream school growing up?
I never had a dream school. My dream was always to get to the league.
Let’s flash forward a few years. You get your first NBA paycheck. What’s the first three things you buy?
Parents a house, some type of property, and probably a car. Idk which one tho