Missouri Basketball Head Coach Kim Anderson continued to add to his impressive recruiting class on Monday as the program announced the signing of Seattle, Wash., combo guard Tramaine Isabell (Seattle, Wash./Garfield H.S.) to a financial aid agreement. Isabell will attend the University of Missouri this fall and play basketball for the Tigers starting with the 2014-15 season. A 6-foot-1, 185-pounder from Garfield High School, Isabell is a strong, physical player that will be asked to play multiple positions in backcourt.
He joins current incoming freshmen D'Angelo Allen and Namon Wright as state champions during their high school tenure.
Allen won three state titles at Dallas Kimball and Wright won as a junior at Pacific Hills in Los Angeles. Named the Washington Class 4A Player of the Year by the Associated Press, Isabell averaged 23.6 points and 3.5 assists per game as a senior and was simply fantastic on the state's biggest stage, scoring 34 points in a 68-59 win over third-ranked Richland to claim Washington's Class 4A state crown.
The win was sweet redemption for Isabell. Playing for Lakeside High School as a junior, he led his club to the Class 3A title game in 2013, where LHS fell to Rainier Beach (62-59) in overtime. Isabell scored a team-leading 21 points in that loss, but left nothing to chance as a senior, helping clinch the state title game with key free throw makes in the final minute.
Garfield finished the season 25-1 with Isabell leading the way. Earlier in the season Isabell won the Las Vegas Championship Most Valuable Player Award thanks to a 47-point outburst vs. Las Vegas High School.
He scored 34 of his 47 points in the second half, hitting 9-of-12 three-pointers (6-of-6 from three after halftime), while adding nine rebounds and three assists.
For his efforts as a senior Isabell was named first team all-state (all classes) in addition to being named first team all-metro and first team all-King County. He also won the Class 4A Regional Sportsmanship Award.
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