While the first round brought Philadelphia Tyrese Maxey from Kentucky, the second round brought another player who most Sixer fans didn’t see much of last year at Arkansas. Who is Isaiah Joe, and where does he fit on the team?
The Philadelphia 76ers used the 49th pick in the NBA Draft to select Isaiah Joe. At age 21, he’s now one of the youngest players on the team. What does he add to the Sixers’ roster? He brings a highly coveted skill: 3-point shooting. However, what is his overall projection based on his experience playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks?
Let’s take a look at Isaiah Joe’s strengths, weaknesses, and background to understand what his future could look like in the NBA.
Isaiah Joe is a native of Arkansas. As a high school player, he earned several awards. In 2018, Isaiah Joe was the USA Today Arkansas Player of the Year. That year he was also the Gatorade Player of the Year in his state. He was a highly ranked shooting guard in the nation and averaged 22.8 points a game as a senior.
Even in high school, where he was able to help his team win consecutive state championships, Joe shot over 50 percent from the 3-point line his senior year. After he graduated, he decided to play for the Razorbacks, majoring in finance and investment management.
Joe spent two years at the University of Arkansas, earning respect for his sharp shooting skills across the NCAA. He earned multiple honors between his freshman and sophomore year. During his first year, he made the SEC All-Freshman Team, setting multiple records for his shooting.
Most recently, Joe made the watch list for the 2020 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. During his final season in college, he set single-season school records for 3-pointers and free-throw shooting. He was also earned SEC Player of the Week multiple times at Arkansas.