JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 26, 2018) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes announced Thursday that junior college All-American Isaiah Tisdale (Lexington, Ky.) has signed a national letter of intent to join the Buccaneers’ program.
Tisdale, a 6-foot-1 guard out of Vincennes Junior College, was a first-team All-America selection as a sophomore following honorable mention accolades as a freshman. Currently the 15th-ranked JuCo player in the country, Tisdale averaged 17.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game a year ago while leading Vincennes to a 34-3 overall record and a trip to the NJCAA Final Four.
“Isaiah is a two-time All-American and a flat-out winner,” said Forbes, whose team is coming of three-straight 20-win seasons and back-to-back-to-back visits to the Southern Conference Tournament title game. “He led Vincennes to the NJCAA Final Four this past year, and the Elite Eight as a freshman. When I first spoke to Vincennes head coach Todd Franklin about him, he told me Isaiah was one of the best all-around guys he’d ever coached and he expressed to me how much he loved him as a person and as a player. That’s high praise coming from a NJCAA Hall of Fame coach and I took that to heart.”
An All-State selection at Henry Clay High School who participated in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game his senior season, Tisdale went on to average 15 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists during his freshman year at Vincennes and helped lead his team to a 32-3 record. He ultimately finished his two-year JuCo career with a 66-6 overall record, 1,167 points and 346 assists, while also earning All-Tournament honors at the NJCAA Nationals a year ago.
Tisdale said ETSU was the place for him.
“I really like Coach Forbes and the ETSU program,” Tisdale said. “The entire coaching staff is great. They believe in my abilities both on and off the court, and they believe I can help keep the winning tradition going. Coach Forbes loves to win and I love to win!”
Tisdale joins fellow junior college transfers D’Andre Bernard (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and Tray Boyd (Memphis), as well as high school recruits Carlos Curtis (Milwaukee), and Daivien Williamson (Winston-Salem, N.C.) as members of th e Bucs’ 2018-19 recruiting class. For more on E TSU men’s basketball throughout the 2017-18 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.