Tramaine Isabell joins the Tiger roster after winning a state title in Washington as a senior.
June 30, 2014
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou 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.
"This is a great addition to our program," Head Coach Kim Anderson said. "Tramaine is a strong, physical guard and his versatility to play either backcourt spot fits how we want to play offensively with multiple ball-handlers on the court. Tramaine is coming off a fantastic high school career in the Seattle-area and played for two great programs.
"What I really like about Tramaine is his passion for winning," Anderson continued. "He is a tough kid, he scores the ball really well and wants the ball in big-game situations. We continue to need some backcourt depth throughout our classes and the addition of Tramaine helps us in that area."
Isabell began his high school career at Lakeside, playing for three seasons. As a sophomore he averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals for the Lions and was named third team all-district. As a junior he averaged 19.9 points, 5.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game, helping LHS to that aforementioned state final appearance. His team finished 2013 with a 24-5 record, the best in school history. Isabell was named first team all-Metro and first team all-district. Both the Seattle Times and Associated Press named him second team all-state.
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