In a few years, the National Basketball Association (NBA) will be populated by players we didn’t know about decades ago. However, if you’re an NBA fan and have followed the 2017 NBA draft, you’re more than likely familiar with Jonathan Isaac, an up-and-coming star from the Florida State Seminoles who now plays for the Orlando Magic.
Did you know that Isaac is quite serious about his Christian faith, having spent time preaching at the Jump Ministries Global Church in Orlando? If you don’t know the man, here is some information you should know about him.
Jonathan Isaac Bio
Jonathan Isaac’s romance with this handball game began during his high school days. He first played at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Florida. This was during his freshman and student years. He left Barron for the International School of Broward in Hollywood, Florida. He had his basketball career in the Junior and Senior High School in Broward but later went to the IMG Academy. Isaac has accomplished quite a bit as a high school basketball player. Among other things, the record records show that he was able to achieve an average of 17.6 points and 10 rebounds while leading the IMG Academy to a fine 21-10 record.
Beyond his skills and talent, the growth sprout he experienced throughout his high school career has set him apart from other shooters. This enabled him to become a combo striker, a position in which he was successful. Given his skills on the court, it was no surprise that he was ranked a five-star recruit and was named the twelfth best player in the 2016 class by ESPN.
Although he confirmed on February 5, 2016, that he would be signing up for the State of Florida after the end of his senior year at high school, he announced on February 5, 2016, his intention to be the first American postgraduate since 2005 to move directly from high school to the 2016 NBA Draft. But just four days after the announcement, Isaac changed his mind and reaffirmed his commitment to play for the State of Florida in the 2016-2017 season.
Jonathan spent a year in the state of Florida before announcing his intention to give up the last three years of his college qualification and enter the 2017 NBA Draft. On June 22, 2017, he was selected with the sixth overall selection by the Orlando Magic.
Jonathan Isaac is one of six children of his mother, Jackie Allen. Isaac is the fourth child, with two older brothers, an older sister, and two younger brothers in his family. The basketball player is of Puerto Rican descent on his mother’s side and is eligible to play for the Puerto Rican national team. This much sought-after candidate has been courted by the Puerto Rican team and has expressed interest in playing for the Puerto Rican team if his friend Maurice Harkless of the Portland Trailblazers asks him to play for the team.
Jonathan Isaac has impressive numbers as a basketball player. From high school on, Jonathan averaged 17 points per game and 10 rebounds. This was an impressive record that he carried over into his college career. In the second game of his college debut season, he scored 20 points. He later made his first double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds and was awarded the ACC Freshman of the Week Award for his achievements. Several times during the season, Jonathan Isaac scored more than 20 points in a single game, making him the team leader alongside his prospective and team-mates Dwayne Bacon and Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
Unfortunately, Jonathan Isaac did not win a tournament in his first and only season at the college basketball level. He scored only 25 points in two games he played in the NCAA tournament. At the end of the season, he was appointed to the All-ACC Freshman Team 2017.
Due to injuries, Jonathan could not repeat his high school and college performances in the NBA. He missed 55 games in his rookie year and suffered a sprain to his right ankle within 10 minutes in Magic’s first pre-season game in the 2018-19 NBA season. His NBA career statistics currently include 27 games played, 10 of which he started with an average of 19.9 minutes per game. He has an average of 5.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Height and Weight
Jonathan Isaac is 6 feet and 10 inches tall, and his weight is reported as 95 kg. The Small Forward/ Power Forward has the ideal physical fitness and body structure you would expect from a ballplayer.