Journalist and basketball insider Frank Isola doesn’t cowl a ton of school basketball. He works for ESPN, often filling in on ‘Pardon the Interruption,’ and infrequently serves as a studio analyst on Brooklyn Nets video games for the YES Community.
Isola has coated sports activities for a very long time, however you wouldn’t essentially go to him first in terms of faculty hoops recruiting information.
However Isola additionally hosts a morning radio present on Sirius XM’s NBA Radio alongside former Boston Celtics ahead Brian Scalabrine, who simply so occurs to have an in depth relationship with No. 1 recruit Cooper Flagg.
That’s what makes Isola’s touch upon the YES Community sport broadcast through the Nets’ preseason sport with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday evening so fascinating.
“I’m going to make a prediction,” Isola stated after citing Flagg through the first quarter. “He’s going to play for Danny Hurley at UConn.”
“You heard it right here first, of us,” replied play-by-play announcer Chris Shearn.
“If I’m unsuitable, don’t maintain me to that,” Isola stated. “Simply one thing I’ve heard.”
Clearly, that is simply conjecture in the meanwhile, however Isola’s reference to Scalabrine provides his prediction slightly bit extra weight. Scalabrine has served as a mentor to Flagg, figuring out with him and welcoming the Newport, Maine standout to affix pickup video games in Boston that includes present and former NBA gamers.
Scalabrine has additionally reportedly hosted Flagg at his home throughout AAU tournaments and retains in contact with him frequently.
“Scal is a job mannequin,” Flagg informed the Lewiston Solar Journal in Could 2022. “He’s somebody I look as much as as a result of who wouldn’t? Simply wanting as much as him, he provides me suggestions and helps me get higher. I exercise with him generally and he’s only a nice position mannequin.”
Flagg visited UConn in late September and can take an official go to to Duke from Oct. 20-22. He’s anticipated to make his faculty choice shortly thereafter.
Story by Kels Dayton, Hartford Courant