Draft: Nets trade for #42, select Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead

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The Brooklyn Nets have traded the 55th pick and cash for the 42nd selection, which is Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Whitehead will fill a major void at guard and will become the first-ever Brooklynite to play for the Nets. The shooting guard led Seton Hall to a Big East Championship this season and was scouted as a potential first-round prospect throughout the combine process.

“For my friends and my family to be able to come out and see me play every night is a blessing, I really have to take advantage of it.”

With both guard positions in flux, the Nets certainly needed to add an electric player there during the draft. Whitehead averaged 18.2 points and 5.1 assists per game and impressed scouts as a playmaker following the Pirates’ run to a 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, including an big win over eventual champions Villanova via a 26-point effort.

“It was amazing [to hear my name], I was kind of shell-shocked. I couldn’t believe I was actually doing it.”

Whitehead will join Chris McCullough, Caris LeVert, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as Nets players drafted in the last two years.

Adrian Wojnarowski — The Vertical