One of the bright young basketball stars of the WPIAL received his first Division I scholarship offer today.
Sewickley Academy guard Isiah Warfield (6-4, 165) was at Duquesne’s game versus Fordham and afterwards learned that the Dukes were offering him a scholarship.
Warfield is just a sophomore but is one of the stars of the very successful Sewickley Academy boys basketball team. Warfield has been on unofficial visits to Pitt and has gotten interest from other schools but Keith Dambrot and Duquesne were the first school to extend an offer.
“It’s just really exciting and I’m pretty happy. This is a big day for me because I’ve been working hard for this and I’m just happy that I’ve been able to accomplish one of my goals,” said Warfield.
There’s no doubt that this super sophomore has been told by coaches and his trainers that this day would be coming soon, so aside from excitement, today is also a day of relief that the first one is out of the way.
“Yes, it’s a bit of a relief but I know that I still have to keep working and I can’t be satisfied because I earned this first offer. I need to continue to work hard and work on my game so that more offers come.”
Warfield has been in contact with the Duquesne staff for a while and they like his competitiveness on both sides of the ball, his ball handling skills and his ability to create his own shot by getting to the rim. He tells me that in college he’d like to stay at the guard position and play the point or shooting guard.
As far as self-critiquing his game, this is what Warfield has to say about his strengths and things he wants to work on over the next two years at Sewickley Academy.
“I feel like my strong points are my ability to handle the ball and getting to the rim whenever I want. Things I want to work on are staying in the weight room to get stronger and also I need to work on my outside jump shot. If I can improve on these things, I believe that can take me to the next level,” said Warfield.
Finally, I asked Warfield his thoughts on the Duquesne program and his growing relationship with Dambrot.
“This is Coach Dambrot’s first year at Duquesne and he’s obviously doing a pretty good job trying to change the culture of the program. I think if his recruiting classes improve, they can be a tournament team in the future. Coach Dambrot is someone I like a lot, he’s very talkative, he’s very personable with his players and seems like he really cares about everyone.”