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Eagle’s Landing point guard Isaiah Dennis committed to play his college basketball at Georgia State University on Tuesday afternoon, a day after taking an official visit to the downtown Atlanta campus.
McDONOUGH — Two season’s ago, Eagle’s Landing coach Clay Crump moved Isaiah Dennis from the forward to the point guard position.
It proved to not only be the right move for the Golden Eagles team, but for Dennis as well.
Earlier this month, Dennis helped lead the team to the Class AAAA championship. On Monday, he received another individual accomplishment — a free college education.
During his official visit to Georgia State University, the 6-foot senior was offered his first Div. I scholarship.
After some “prayer” and talking with his family, Dennis committed to the downtown Atlanta school on Tuesday afternoon.
“I felt like the coaches wanted me there,” Dennis said. “It is a good fit for me.”
Dennis said his only other offer was from Shorter, a NAIA school in Rome, but he always wanted to play at the Div. I level. Georgia State is transitioning from the CAA into the Sun Belt Conference. This past season, he averaged 16 points, four assists and three steals.
In addition, Dennis was named first team all-region, second team all-Metro Atlanta by the Atlanta Tip-off Club after helping lead his team to a 23-4 record and region and state champion.
“We are really excited for Isaiah,” Crump said. “He has become so much better with the basketball and in making decisions on the court. He is one of the best finishers that I’ve seen. He can go over and around you.”
Dennis has made a name for himself as one of the best dunkers in the state. He has won several contests, and is most noted for his windmill dunk and his leaping slams over two of his 6-foot-9 teammates.
But it has been his defense that really drew the attention of the Georgia State coaching staff, according to Ben Moore, a publisher of Panthertalk.com, an online publication that covers GSU athletics.
“He might be the best athlete that we have on our team,” Moore said.
Dennis should expect plenty of playing time as freshman with the Panthers starting point guard Devonta White will be a senior next season. White’s backup, David Travers, recently announced he was transferring.
“I know the Georgia State program is on the rise,” Dennis said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to play in the Sun Belt Conference.”
If he follows through with his commitment, Dennis would be the third player on the Golden Eagle’s championship team to sign with a Div. I school.
In November, Eric Wortham signed with Middle Tennessee State and Desmond Ringer inked with South Carolina. Two other teammates — Chris Davenport and Trevin Joseph — are expected to sign scholarships later this spring.