By Owen McCue
Isaiah Wong’s basketball career started by going onto YouTube.
He didn’t look up old games of NBA greats like Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson. Or find tutorials of how to shoot, dribble and pass.
Instead, Wong searched for videos on the Youtube channel Hoopmixtape, where he found highlight reels of high school stars like Brandon Jennings, Kyrie Irving and Lance Stephenson, who were known for their flamboyant playing styles, fancy handles and acrobatic finishes.
“I would watch Hoopmixtape, and I was like, I want to be like one of them one day,” Wong said.
Now, Wong can type his own name into YouTube and see a handful of highlight packages of himself with several thousand views.
The 6-foot-3 guard, who transferred to Bonner-Prendergast this year from Notre Dame (N.J.), is starting to make a name for himself on the national scene.