Isaiah Whitehead drops 52 points after being named in Yahoo Report

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Isaiah Whitehead (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Isaiah Whitehead (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

After being named in an FBI investigation, Isaiah Whitehead dropped 52 points for the Nets G-League affiliate.

It was an interesting few days for Long Island Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead.

On Friday, his name surfaced in the Yahoo Sports report that detailed an FBI investigation involving numerous potential NCAA violations by high-profile players and schools.

The report alleged Whitehead, along with former assistant coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton, appeared on an agent’s payroll in 2015 while they were at Seton Hall.

Other former college stars mentioned by name included Dennis Smith Jr., Markelle Fultz, and Kyle Kuzma.

Despite the distraction, Whitehead scored 52 points in Long Island’s 125-122 victory over the Greensboro Swarm on Sunday.

Whitehead, who appeared in 16 games for Brooklyn this season before returning to the G-League, is averaging 20.5 points for Long Island.

Brooklyn’s depth at guard has made it tough for him to find minutes in the NBA. With the likes of Spencer Dinwiddie, D’Angelo Russell, Joe Harris, and Nik Stauskas, the rotation is tight.

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The good news, though, is that Whitehead has youth on his side, as he turns just 22-years-old in March. Ideally, he’ll continue to develop in the G-League and look to compete for a roster spot next season.

Harris and Stauskas become free agents this summer, so Whitehead should have an opportunity to return to the NBA sooner rather than later.

In light of the Yahoo Sports report, Seton Hall said it would launch an investigation. The school is expected to bring in New York City law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. to help prove its innocence, according to the New York Post.

It’s still unknown how the NCAA plans to handle the scandal, considering how widespread it is.

If evidence is found that Whitehead and Morton violated NCAA rules, Seton Hall will likely face punishment.

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With Selection Sunday less than two weeks away, the timing of the report could not be worse. The FBI investigation threatens to hover over the NCAA Tournament, as the first round begins on March 15.