Posted On: 12/5/17 11:27 AM
Knoxville native Isaiah Sulack first registered his presence at Christian Academy of Knoxville as a 3-point ace, known for his trademark corner treys.
As he grew to a full 6-foot-6 and developed as a scorer and playmaker, however, he became much more multi-layered. He became adept at triggering the fast break game fresh off the defensive rebound and seeing the play before it unfolds.
With a game predicated on instinct and headiness, Sulack adjusted to the point guard position. He became more methodical as a scorer, adding a floater and a sturdy mid-range game and several other elements to his arsenal. Now fully recovered from a devastating foot injury which shelved him for two months, Sulack will be a pivotal supplementary scorer for Tyson Waterman’s post-graduate team at Believe Academy in Athens, Tenn.
On a team that features 11-12 Division-I prospects, Sulack is using the additional year to develop by packing muscle onto his 170-pound frame and gauging his grit on a national level. Northern Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, and other programs have expressed interest in the now versatile threat who has shed the tag of shooter. We caught up with Sulack, assessing his experience and growth at CAK and how he anticipates his impact at the next level.
PH: How would you describe your role during your stay at Christian Academy of Knoxville?
IS: I didn’t play until my junior year and I was primarily just a spot-up shooter. Then, senior year I became more of an all-around player. By leading the team in rebounding, getting out and leading the break, and then carrying the scoring load along with my point guard (Hunter Reynolds). He is currently a walk-on at UAB.
PH: Which moments of your career were most memorable?
IS: I had a lot of memorable moments at CAK, most of them consisting of just being around my teammates and traveling to places like the Bahamas. Of course, above all, no memory is greater than winning three district championships and going to states. Those moments, I think, will be there forever. Nothing can replace that.
As for me personally, I would say one of my best moments while at CAK was the Arby’s classic. I scored 39 points and broke the single game record with nine 3-pointers.
PH: What role do you envision for yourself to the next level and which attributes make you appealing to potential NCAA suitors?
IS: I envision myself being a point guard, a high-level shooter and providing size and great court vision and IQ. I also envision myself playing multiple positions. In addition, I see myself being a high character guy both on and off the court.