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USC five-star signee Isaiah Collier named Naismith HS Player of the Year

Wg0vf-nP_400x400by:Keegan Pope03/03/23


Five-star Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler point guard and USC signee Isaiah Collier has cemented his status as one of the country’s top basketball recruits.

The future Trojan is the No. 1 overall prospect in the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. And now, he has some more hardware to add to his name.

On Friday, Collier was named the Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Boys Player of the Year, joining Derrick Favors (2009), Dwight Howard (2004) and Lou Williams (2005) as winners from the Atlanta area.

“First, I want to give honor to God, who has blessed me with the opportunity to play the game of basketball,” said Collier in a release announcing the award. “Second, I want to thank my family, who are ‘My Rock,’ my coaches and teachers, and my teammates and friends for supporting me throughout my journey on and off the court. I’m truly humbled to be mentioned alongside the previous Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy winners, and my fellow nominees. I will cherish this moment for years to come.”

Other finalists for the award were 2025 No. 1 prospect Cameron Boozer, Kentucky signees Justin Edwards and DJ Wagner Jr. and, Texas signee Ron Holland.

Past notable boys winners have included Jason Kidd (1992, St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda, California), Kobe Bryant (1996, Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, Pennsylvania), LeBron James (2003, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Akron, Ohio) and Derrick Favors (2009, South Atlanta High School, Atlanta).

Isaiah Collier Scouting Summary

“Isaiah Collier has a strong and compact frame. He stands about 6-2 but the way he manipulates the ball is what separates him from his peers. Collier has excellent court vision. He is able to set up defenders in the pick and roll and deliver on target, on time passes in tight spaces. The jump shot is a question, especially from 3, but he is taking it more confidently and even knocked down 44% of them through 8 EYBL games. An above average athlete, with straight line burst, Collier plays with great pace. Has a fearless component to his demeanor.” — Jamie Shaw, On3 National Recruiting Analyst