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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Philmore expects to sign in November

By James Quinn

After averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game and earning first-team All-Metro honors in Baltimore as a junior, John Carroll's (Bel Air, Md.) 6-foot-7 senior Isaiah Philmore, the No. 35 ranked small forward on the ESPNU 100, is being recruited by a number of Division I colleges and is expected to sign during the NCAA early signing period in November.

Philmore has set official visits for South Florida, Central Florida and Oklahoma State and has already visited Temple and St. Joseph's unofficially.

Philmore played both forward positions for head coach Tony Martin last year.

"We were able to play Isaiah both inside and outside last year," Martin said. "He was very effective at the 4 and 5 positions, but he can definitely step out and play on the perimeter. He is a good outside shooter and can handle and pass well. He is a good athlete. He is a finesse player, but he is also very capable and effective inside."

Philmore played on a 20-12 John Carroll squad which boasted three future Division I athletes, including Jakub Kusmieruk (Central Florida) and Josh Wiegand (Loyola).

Philmore enrolled at John Carroll as a sophomore after his military family moved to Maryland from Kansas. Philmore averaged 30 points per game as a freshman on his varsity team in Kansas. As a sophomore at John Carroll, Philmore averaged 16 points per game.

Because the Patriots had Kusmieruk on the roster last season, as well as several other players in the 6-5 to 6-6 range, Martin played Philmore at the small forward position, but this year Philmore could be called upon to play more power forward.

"We lost the real big kids from last year to graduation, but we have several 6-5, 6-6 kids to go with Isaiah and some really talented sophomores," Martin said. "His improvement since last season alone has been really significant. He has worked really hard. He has really improved his outside shot out to the three-point arc. He's shooting outside much more consistently. His ballhandling, his whole floor game -- he is just much more comfortable and confident on the perimeter now."

The NCAA early signing period for basketball runs from Nov. 12 to Nov. 19 this year.

James Quinn covers high school basketball for ESPN RISE's