It was just a matter of time. In some of the least shocking news you’ll ever encounter, Florida State’s Jonathan Isaac has decided to forego his remaining amateur eligibility by declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft. He’s the third Seminole to turn pro this week, joining Dwayne Bacon and Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
Isaac (6’10, 210) follows in the footsteps of Malik Beasley, who starred for the Seminoles a year ago before also leaving after his freshman season (at the time, he was the first player in the history of ’Nole basketball to do so). But while Beasley was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 19th pick of the first round, Isaac figures to be selected much sooner. Almost certainly a lottery pick, he could be one of the first five players drafted. FSU games this season were routinely attended by double-digit NBA scouts getting a first-hand look at the versatile freshman.
It’s possible that Isaac could be taken higher than any other FSU player in draft history. Currently, that honor belongs to Dave Cowens, whom the Boston Celtics picked with the fourth pick of the 1970 draft.
Isaac released a video with a special guest, thanking Florida State, and its many fans: