A Closer Look: Isaiah Miranda
Prospect: Isaiah Miranda
High School: Springfield Commonwealth Academy
AAU Program: RI Elite
Overview: Isaiah Miranda is a 7’1 power forward/center from Pawtucket, RI who is one of the top big men in the class of 2023. Still relatively new to basketball, he has a tremendous upside. It would not be surprising if he cracked the top 20 nationally in his class before graduating. Miranda possesses an outside shot which could help him develop into a stretch four at the next level.
As with all big men, Miranda needs to put on weight (he’s listed at 200 pounds), but unlike most big men he is extremely agile, has an above average handle, and is quick. He has the potential to be a five tool plus performer in college, and is the type of prospect that could possibly only be in college for a year or two if he continues progressing.
Miranda is currently ranked as the number four center in the country in the 2023 class by 24/7 Sports. ESPN currently has him ranked as the 36th best player in the Class of 2023.
What Others Are Saying:
Pro Insight (from The National Prep Showcase): “One of the highest upside players in the country, Miranda had, perhaps, the strongest overall performance of his young career. Through a mix of both being a late-bloomer and having a massive growth spurt, going from 6’4” to 7’1,” Miranda has managed to maintain a nice semblance of perimeter skills that he can now pair with the length to be able to go toe-to-toe with any big in the country. At NPS, he, most importantly, stayed mentally locked in. Miranda is a plus shot-blocker with a thin frame, who runs the court well. The Rhode Island native has range out to beyond the three-point arc (2/4 versus IMG), but is most effective rim running, while displaying a relatively soft touch around the basket. Kentucky, Providence, Syracuse, and St. John’s were in attendance, while UConn, Memphis, USC, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Oregon, and Washington are all in hot pursuit of the high-upside big man. Miranda can be available as a ’23 or as a ’22, having re-classed last season.”
24/7 Sports (from National Prep Showcase): “Isaiah Miranda has generated plenty of buzz over the last six months and he showcased his tremendous talent level on Sunday afternoon with Springfield. The big man is oozing with natural talent standing 6-foot-11 with long arms and terrific athleticism.
He is mobile, runs the floor well and gets off his feet with ease. Miranda has terrific hands and touch and can make shots from beyond the stripe both off the catch and bounce, a rare skill for a near seven-footer at this stage. He did get out to a bit of a slow start but he took over in the second half and helped lead his team to a come from behind victory over IMG Post-Grad to start the day.”
The Competition: Expect all the blue bloods to become involved in Miranda’s recruitment before he ultimately makes a decision. Right now he holds offers from PC, USC, Oklahoma State, St. John’s, Syracuse, and Memphis among others.
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The Bottom Line: Unlike other top 40 national prospects that the Friars have gotten involved with, PC is truly Isaiah Miranda’s local school. He has been on the PC campus many times and is very familiar with the Friar program. In addition, Miranda may have some unique marketing opportunities if he goes to a local school in his native Rhode Island.
Otherwise, he will probably wind up with one of the blue blood schools, or he could potentially turn pro out of high school.