Ryan Klassen | Writer
ISAIAH Washington splashed his way to victory in the BallIsLife All-American Game three-point contest in Long Beach California.
AT Long Beach City College, Eastbay presented the BILAAG, where the day began with a three-point contest highlighting some of the players range. The contest began with seven shooters where each player shot from five positions around the arch. After the first round, the finalists were named and Isaiah was able to seal the victory by just one more made shot. On the subject of the contest, Isaiah said, “I had to enter that [contest] and I had to show them that New York guards can shoot.”
DURING the actual game, Washington showcased many of the skills that made him one of the top guards from New York. He displayed fine handles that allowed him to get space from a defender, and fool a defender into making a move for the steal only to come up grabbing air and Isaiah moving towards the rim. Of his skills to get to the rim, he showed a brilliant finger roll that deserves it’s own story, and if he found his way blocked he was able to dish out no look, behind the back, and through traffic passes.
DURING warm-ups, and throughout both the three-point contest, and the dunk contest, Washington sported a black long sleeved t-shirt that brandished the University of Minnesota ‘M’, and above that, the phrase ‘Jellyfam’.
Jellyfam, a phrase and movement in which Isaiah has been the catalyst for has a fun history. Isaiah recalls the start of Jelly with a smile and states, “I remember playing when and all the dudes started dunking so I had to make something else. We got the jelly.”
THE jelly he is referring to is his smooth and signature finger roll which both slips past defenders arms with fluidity, and emphasizes his New York play style. Washington is very adamant about putting on for his city no matter where he is or what he is doing, and gives the vibe of someone who will never forget their roots.
IN September of 2016, Washington signed his letter of intent to the University of Minnesota. He credits his decision to wanting to start his own legacy and wants to preach that, “No matter what school you go to, you can still live your dream.”
Washington is a 6’1” guard from New York, and attended St. Raymond High School.