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Posted On: 10/25/18 1:47 PM
With his senior season just one month away, 6-foot point guard Isaac Ackerman is ready to showcase his strengths and hopefully pick up some late college interest.
The Whitney floor general was a role player last season, but will have a much larger role this season. He’ll be doing plenty of scoring and dishing for the Wildcats this season.
“In our system, my primary job and what I’m best at is getting to the basket, jump-stopping and finishing. If I don’t have an open shot, kicking it out to a teammate so he can get a good look,” said Ackerman, who been working on his J plenty of late.
“I’ve been working on shooting, that’s been my primary focus right now. When I can knockdown 3s, opponents will have to come out and guard me, and that will help.”
Ackerman spent his spring and summer playing with Young Guns 17U, a local grassroots program. He said it better prepared him for that increased role with the Wildcats this winter.
“I think I played pretty well in those tournaments. I feel like I developed and have grown as a player,” said Ackerman. “I was shooting better, in one game I made eight 3s in a game, that was pretty nice.”
This season, in addition to upping his production, Ackerman mentioned it’s leadership that he’ll need to increase.
“Last year I was a role player, I started at point guard and my role was just to get the seniors the ball. This year, my coach needs me to be more aggressive on offense, and he told me I needed to get stronger so I added 10 pounds,” said Ackerman.
That extra weight will undoubtedly be an asset if and when he plays at the next level. He’s hoping that college interest ramps up this winter. If not, then JuCo will be an option.
“I don’t really have any schools looking at me,” said Ackerman. “But I might just pay at a local JuCo if I don’t end up getting any looks.”