Isiah Warfield

Sewick­ley Academy

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - High schools - — By Mike White

The past week: Warfield made 18 of 18 free throws and scored 27 points as Sewick­ley Academy de­feated Our Lady of the Sa­cred Heart, 66-61, Feb. 9 in a WPIAL Class 2A game. OLSH was ranked No. 1 in 2A by the Post-Gazette and Sewick­ley Academy No. 2. One day later, Duquesne Univer­sity of­fered Warfield a schol­ar­ship.

Check this out: Warfield is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard and one of the best sopho­more play­ers in the WPIAL. A few other Di­vi­sion I col­leges have shown in­ter­est. He is av­er­ag­ing 16 points a game af­ter av­er­ag­ing eight last year while com­ing off the bench for the WPIAL and PIAA cham­pi­ons. Warfield lives in the Cen­tral Val­ley dis­trict and at­tended Cen­tral Val­ley schools un­til en­rolling in Sewick­ley Academy in eighth grade. He has good blood­lines. His father, Mike, was a for­mer basketball player and foot­ball quar­ter­back at Aliquippa in the 1980s. Isiah’s mother (Vic­to­ria) is a Jeter. Isiah’s cousins are for­mer Beaver Falls star ath­letes Lance, Shel­don and Dono­van Jeter.

Was it a big deal to get that first schol­ar­ship of­fer and did you know it was com­ing? It was a big deal be­cause that was one of my goals. I didn’t know it was com­ing. One of Duquesne’s as­sis­tant coaches was at our OLSH game Fri­day and I went down to Duquesne and visited Satur­day.

Will you give Duquesne a good look? I re­ally like Duquesne. I like coach [Keith] Dam­brot and the staff.

Your dad was a pretty good quar­ter­back. You ever play foot­ball? When I was lit­tle, but I stopped. I liked baseball. Over the years, my love for basketball just grew and I stopped play­ing baseball. Last year’s Sewick­ley team won a state cham­pi­onship. Is this team just as good? I feel like this team can be just as good, if not bet­ter.

You played in a WPIAL fi­nal last year at Petersen Events Cen­ter. They used to be at the Palumbo Cen­ter. Where would you rather play? I like The Pete. I never got to ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing at Palumbo, but I think The Pete is just big­ger and bet­ter.

Best wings around? I like Ste­vie’s [Dari-Mart] in Aliquippa.

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