What happened to the leader of Jelly Fam?
Jelly Fam is a group of former high school hoopers that added “jelly” to their layups. The Jelly Fam got a lot of exposure with companies like Ballislife and Overtime were covering their high school games. Nobody got more exposure than the creator of Jelly Fam, Isaiah Washington.
Coming out of high school Isaiah Washington was a 4-star recruit and he was ranked 68th on the ESPN top 100 for the class of 2017. He was ranked higher than Kaleb Wesson, Xavier Tillman, and Luka Garza.
Isaiah had loads of high major D1 offers. Some of these schools were Minnesota, Rutgers, Providence, Seton Hall, and Texas A&M. He ended up committing to Minnesota.
Isaiah played 32 games in his freshman year and stared in 4 of those games. He averaged 8.7 PPG and 2.3 APG and shot 37% from the field. Even though he struggled with efficiency, there was a lot of promise for Isaiah’s sophomore season.
Sadly, he did not live up to these expectations as he only averaged 4 PPG and he shot 31% from the field. After his sophomore season, he decided to transfer to Iona.
This year at Iona, Isaiah averaged 11 PPG 5 RPG and 4 APG on much better efficiency. Things were looking good for Isaiah at Iona. However, Iona ended up hiring Rick Pitino as their head coach. This is noteworthy because Rick Pitino is the father of Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino.
When Isaiah was at Minnesota, Rick had some words to say about Washington. He said: “If Isaiah can mature out of the social media world and into the real basketball world of how to get it done, then he’s got great promise. If not, he (Richard Pitino) is going to have to find a different point guard.”
When Iona announced that Rick Pitino was going to be hired as their next head coach, Isaiah tweeted out “No please no 🙏🏽.”. Then on May 21st, Isaiah announced that he wound transfer from Iona.
As of June 12th, Isaiah Washington has not announced where he will be transferring to. Wherever he transfers, we all wish him the best.
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