The Basketball Journey of Isaiah Todd

Photo courtesy of Johnnie Photography

By David Cordova

The Class of 2020 is overloaded with prospects that have plenty of promising players that have a chance to be Division I players in two years & if possible, the NBA in three years.

One of those players that definitely has a chance of making those dreams into fruition is Isaiah Todd, who is rated as the No. 8 player in the junior class by ESPN. The 6-foot-10 forward has plenty of versatile skills at the three and also plays above the rim. In a positionless game, Todd is a player that excels above the rest, due to his ability to put the ball on the floor.

“I just want to be the best at everything I do, so it’s just something I want to do, I want to be the best,” said Todd.

He hails from Baltimore, which is a city that has produced a huge assortment of basketball talent over the years. “It was tough, you know,” said Todd about growing up in Charm City, “like, you can run in with different people, the environment is different, everybody’s different.”

Todd goes up for a windmill before a game for Team Melo in The 8 Classic in Las Vegas. (Photo courtesy of Dwayne Wise)

Todd later moved to Richmond, Virgnia, and then showcased his skills at John Marshall High School, where as a freshman, he averaged 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and led the Justices to a 19-7 record, district and regional titles and an appearance in the VHSL state tournament.

Last season, as a sophomore, he doubled up on his performance, averaging 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while leading the Justices to a 23-6 record and a VHSL Class 3 state championship.

When asked about his successful sophomore season, Todd replied, “My sophomore year was pretty good and solid, we won the state championship, I averaged like 18 points, our team was really good, you know, I made relationships with people, we traveled, it was pretty fun.”

Over the summer, he played with Team Loaded NC (there are two Team Loaded programs, one in North Carolina and Virgnia), and dominated on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit. During the Adidas Gauntlet Finale at Basketball City in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, he averaged eight points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

“Team Loaded is a wonderful organization, they give you a chance to showcase your talents in one of the biggest platforms in the country.” said Todd about his experience with the program.

Todd learning some basketball tutelage from trainer D.J. Sackmann. (Photo courtesy of The Unguarded/Salman Hasan)

Todd’s biggest strengths is that he is a player that can run the floor, and has a good mid-post game and that he blocks shots and rebounds. Things that he plans to improve on are his shot and tightening his handle. “I just try to increase every aspect of my game,” he replied.

As far as his recruitment, it is skyrocketing, as he currently has 16 offers, including schools such as Maryland, Oklahoma State, Villanova, North Carolina State, Florida State, Miami, Virginia and Wake Forest to name a few.

When asked about how he liked playing in New York City when he came out for the Adidas Gauntlet Finale, Todd replied, “New York is like a basketball haven, everybody knows how to hoop out here, got their A-game, when you step on the court, you’ve got to bring your game.”

On playing in the summer leagues in New York, he added: “Yeah, I want to real bad, like, I heard the culture’s different, like, everybody be yelling at the court, dudes sitting on fences and stuff, like, that’s just something fun.”

Todd uses the jump-rope as a way to help his conditioning and vertical leap. (Photo courtesy of The Unguarded/Salman Hasan)

In an age where series amongst high school hoopsters are common, Todd is just one of many high-profile players to have one. On YouTube, he has a series with The Unguarded, a New Jersey-based film company.

When asked about the series with The Unguarded, Todd replied, “Man, me and Sal [Hasan], we be working on a lot of stuff, a lot of stuff picking up. I really like working with Sal, because he captures the seriousness of my game. A lot of people just see this as a fun thing, but they also see the business aspect of it. He just captures how hard I work and how hard I push myself, what I’m going through on the daily.”

On being ranked in the Top-10 in his class, he added: “It feels good, but you know, it comes with a lot of stuff. You know, you’ve gotta be able to come with it.”

This fall, Todd has found another home, as he will be transferring to Trinity Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina. If there are any fans of North Carolina State out there, they should make their way to the games and check out a special talent.

Todd attempts to slam one home. (Photo courtesy of The Unguarded/Salman Hasan)

As for his plans for his junior season, he replied, “I just transferred to Trinity Academy of Raleigh, we’re going to start something new there.”

As for his future, he replied, “You’re just going to see a better me, every time you see me.”

And just like that, the legend of Isaiah Todd, continues to grow.

Highlights of Isaiah Todd:

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