Tyler Simpson | Writer
BENTONVILLE, ARK. --- Few kids in AAU play up a year in their age group, but when they do they are usually a special kind of talent and see no disparity in their game versus others. Isaiah LeBlanc from Houston, Texas of Nike Team Griffin could be playing this spring with the 15u’s but instead is playing up a year. With two tournaments already under their belt, Nike Team Griffin is looking like one of the top AAU teams in the country for 16u and it’s all thanks to their dynamic backcourt that features 4 incredibly skilled guards.
LeBlanc is a versatile guard who can shoot lights out from beyond the arc and has the ability to drive to the hoop and finish around the rim. LeBlanc was able to showcase all of that and more this past weekend at Made Hoops’ The WarmUp, he was able to show his ability to handle the ball and play more of the point guard role.
LeBlanc while only being 5 months into the age of 15 will definitely be a kid to watch for in the 2020 class. He currently holds an offer from Georgia Tech and interest from several other high major programs. When all said and done, LeBlanc should end up being one of the most sought after PG’s in the class of 2020. I was able to catch up with Isaiah to talk about a variety of things.
What are you most looking forward to during the AAU season?
Just making my teammates better, and being able to expand my game for next year. Also being physically adapted to the older play style, and just make everybody better.
You’re a pretty good scorer as well, is that what you’ve always been known for? Shooting the ball and scoring it?
Yes sir, I started off as a shooting guard because I was a bigger kid when I was younger. Now that I’m moving up and playing older I’m moving to a point guard. I’m still able to score though when I need to get it done.
What do you like most about playing with Team Griffin?
I like that everybody is unselfish and everybody has one common goal and that’s to win the game. We do whatever we can, if that’s me with scoring or playing defense, I’ll give my best to help the team, I’m not worried about stats.
How was your high school season for you?
High School season went great, we lost in the final four by one point. We started off down 25-0 and fought back but just couldn’t win it.
Houston has a lot of good basketball talent there, was there anyone specific that was a tough matchup?
We played private schools but we played a couple schools that had good guards that used to play with the 17u Team Griffin. It was a pretty good matchup, we played them in the final four.
You’re obviously still young, have you been hearing from any schools at all?
I have an offer from Georgia Tech, I’ve been hearing from Virginia, A&M, Baylor, UCONN, Florida, just a couple of schools. I’m on their radar.
What’s Pastner’s message been to you?
He just wants me to play my game, and just keep on adapting and being aggressive with my shot and keep working on my defense. He told me I’m blessed to play at his high of a level and to keep up the intensity that I bring. He just told me to keep working.