After his lone season at Iona College, Isaiah Washington is hitting the transfer portal once again.
The 6-foot-1 point guard enjoyed his most productive year yet. He started in 23 of the 28 games he appeared in, averaging 11.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, four assists and 1.7 steals. He shot 40.6 percent overall, with a 33.1 percent showing from long range.
A spokesperson from Iona confirmed that Washington will transfer.
Washington and new head coach Rick Pitino were unavailable for comment on Thursday, but longtime advisor Roosevelt Byers, a freshman coach at St. Raymond and the athletic director of Harlem’s Dunlevy Milbank Center, says it was a mutual agreement between his pupil and the new coaching staff.
“It was on the basis of Pitino coming in and bringing in a whole new coaching staff and bringing in eight new players,” Byers said. “They both felt the situation was going into another direction and he didn’t want to feel like he was holding (Washington) back. … They both kind of came to a mutual agreement that this is something both sides can do, and Isaiah can go off for his senior year and have some success.”
Washington, co-founder of the “Jelly Fam” movement, which seeks to restore New York City as a stomping ground for high-level talent, and a former New York Mr. Basketball at St. Raymond’s High School in the Bronx, came to Iona last summer after spending his first two college seasons at Minnesota, where Pitino’s son, Richard, coaches.
He chose Iona in order to be closer to home and care for his sick grandmother. The NCAA granted his hardship waiver, allowing him to play immediately upon arrival for the 2019-20 season.
While Washington’s next destination is still an unknown, Byers says with his grandmother’s health tremendously improved, he doesn’t necessarily need to stay in the tri-state area anymore.
“She’s doing much better,” Byers said. “Because of this COVID-19 and the scary situation, it just came to a point where nothing is guaranteed, life or basketball, so she’s given him her blessings if he needed to travel far for his senior year.”
Washington leaves Iona with one season of eligibility remaining.
“At the end of the day, we appreciate what Iona has done, and Iona giving Isaiah Washington the opportunity,” Byers said. “As you saw out there, he became comfortable toward the end and played pretty well. He proved from Minnesota from what he averaged there to this year, almost 12 (points), five (rebounds), and four (assists), this kid has a lot left in his tank.”
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