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Posted On: 11/5/18 8:30 AM
When it comes to high academic basketball players in the Class of 2019, Isaac Rosenthal is right up there. The cerebral 6-foot, 165-pound point guard is one of the top students period at Beaverton High School and the senior has some game on the basketball floor as well. Rosenthal worked hard on his body and his game this summer and as he’s pondering his future college home he’s also prepared to benefit from the fruits of that labor this winter.
“I definitely took some strides just as far as confidence goes and with my shooting,” Rosenthal said. “In high school I’ve largely been a drive-first guard but I’ve developed my range a lot better. I’ve tweaked my form a little bit and I’m shooting it a lot better. I’ve definitely built my body up a lot more and I’ve been eating right. I came into this summer like 140 (pounds) and I’m up to 165 right now. That’s been a big thing for me developing, putting on weight.”
In addition to playing for Oregon Basketball Club on the AAU circuit, Rosenthal also attended a number of camps including several at Ivy League schools. Since he’s a very high academic student with a weighted GPA well over 4.0, he’s attracted the attention of quite a few Division III schools including Colorado College, Rochester, Sarah Lawrence, Johns Hopkins, and George Fox. He made some campus visits while out on the East Coast and one school has made an impression so far.
“I liked Rochester had the most appealing chemistry and culture with their program to me,” Rosenthal said. “They’re a defensive-first type of team and I really pride myself on my defense.”
Rosenthal has also visited Johns Hopkins and is looking at taking a trip to George Fox pretty soon. He’s considering applying for early admission to Colorado College and is looking at the whole package of basketball and school for the next phase of his life. “I’m looking for a middle-sized school with a cool location and the right group of people,” Rosenthal said. “I also want to academically challenged to be honest, because I’m a great student and I want to carry that on to college for sure.”
“I think we’re going to be pretty solid. This group wil gel a lot better than past groups because I think wE have a more selfless identity as a group and we’re more locked in on getting better every day – (Coach) Vancil is doing a great job coaching us. I want to make All-Metro this year for sure, and I think I can as I’ve put in the work.”
Rosenthal currently ranks as the #76 player in the PrepHoops Oregon Class of 2019 rankings.