“My mindset heading into the season was to improve on last season. I have a lot to prove about myself, and that's what I'm trying to do this season.”
Isaiah Harris-Winn (Frederick, Md./St. Maria Goretti), wing/forward for the men’s basketball team, truly started from the bottom. As a freshman last season, he averaged just 6.3 minutes per game, and finished the season with 45 points. This year has been a completely different story. Isaiah is now a major game-changer for the Runnin Royals, averaging 15.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds. The remarkable growth in his game has titled him our Royals Athlete of the Week.
“I think my game has changed a lot. I feel like I've improved in all parts of my game,” explained Isaiah. “I'm a better shooter, more willing passer, and a better rebounder.”
Seven games in and Isaiah has already scored more than double the amount of points he contributed last season, tallying 112 points. He has scored double digits in each game so far. But besides being great on offense, shooting 45% from the field including 38% from three point range, he is hard to keep off of the glass on the defensive end as well.
“I like to think I have one of the hardest work ethics out of the people I know,” said Isaiah. “This offseason I worked on things that I needed to improve on, like ball handling, shooting, and getting stronger.”
It is apparent that Isaiah is constantly hungry for the ball. In the men’s loss on Wednesday against Roanoke, he grabbed nine rebounds and notched 17 points. Being one of the six sophomores on the team, Isaiah is looked up to now more than ever.
“I would say my role on the team this year is to shoot, distribute, play defense, and rebound,” Isaiah explained. “Compared to last year I have more responsibilities. Last year my role was just to shoot and defend.”
Working hard on his game during the offseason has made him a hard match-up for any contester. Following his career high 20-point contribution against Marymount, Isaiah scored 17 in the game at D-I James Madison University on Nov. 24.
His confidence gain this season has allowed him to play at a greater level and more comfortably.
“My confidence is different than last year,” he declared. “It has grown a lot in the past year. My work ethic has helped it grow, as well as the trust from my teammates and coaches.”
With a height of 6-4, Isaiah can play the forward position. However, he admitted that he enjoys playing the wing more because he is given more chances to attack and distribute the ball.
Having players on the team who can also score well makes playing with a younger team easier. With nine freshmen, Isaiah views their youthfulness to be an advantage. He explained that there are no egos on the team, and everyone is trying to prove their abilities.
“My expectations for this team is to win championships,” said Isaiah. “Just because we're young doesn't mean we can't win one now. And for later years my expectation is to win more championships because all we can do is improve at this point.”
Only being a sophomore, Isaiah is a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
“I love playing basketball,” he declared. “So I'm enjoying the fact that I'm playing a lot this season, and that I'm helping our team win.”
--- by Alicia Ygarza, Sports Information Intern