Commentary

Fulwood works himself into D-I athlete

Updated: September 28, 2009, 1:28 PM ET
By James Quinn | ESPNRISE.com

Princeton Day Academy (Lanham, Md.) had a banner basketball season under head coach Van Whitfield in 2008-2009 -- going 33-3 and advancing to the championship game in two major National Christian Prep Basketball Championship Tournaments in Dayton (Tenn.) and Erie (Pa.) last year.

Whitfield, now in his third year at Princeton Day, had previously built highly competitive, but short lived, prep hoop programs at two other Maryland private schools, Southern Maryland Christian Academy and Progressive Christian Academy, but believes that Princeton Day will be a force on the Maryland private school hoops scene for many years to come, but this year specifically with the return of 6-foot-1 guard Isaac Fulwood.

Fulwood averaged 15 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Storm as a junior in 2008-2009. As good as Fulwood was a junior, Whitfield is quick to point out that he talented, senior combo guard who should get better this year.

"[He] is so improved from last season that it is unbelievable," Whitfield said. "Isaac has just taken his game up to a whole different level. He has improved his outside shot, his floor game, and his whole game. Isaac was a good player who just worked himself into a Division I college player."

Fulwood is a fundamentally sound, versatile guard who can play either guard position.

James Madison University and UMBC are among a number of Division programs recruiting Fulwood.

"Isaac is definitely a D-I player," said Whitfield. "I think he can play at the Mid D-I level, particularly if he picks the right college and system."

James Quinn covers high school basketball for MDVarsity.com