Isaiah Todd

American basketball player (born 2001)
Isaiah Todd
Todd with the Washington Wizards in 2023
Free agent
PositionPower forward
Personal information
Born (2001-10-17) October 17, 2001 (age 22)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight219 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school
NBA draft2021: 2nd round, 31st overall pick
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career2020–present
Career history
2020–2021NBA G League Ignite
2021–2023Washington Wizards
20212023→Capital City Go-Go
2023–2024NBA G League Ignite
Career highlights and awards
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Isaiah Todd (born October 17, 2001) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the NBA G League Ignite of the NBA G League. He was a consensus five-star recruit and one of the best power forwards in the 2020 class. A former Michigan commit, Todd chose to forgo his college eligibility to become the first player in history to sign with NBA G League Ignite. He finished his high school career at the Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Early life

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Todd was raised by his mother, Marlene Venable, and did not know his father well. His mother sold cocaine and heroin at age twelve and served over three years in prison when she was sixteen. She was released from prison about four years before Todd's birth. When Todd started playing basketball, at age seven, he stood five feet tall.[1][2] At that age, he met his first coach, Derrick Wilson, and began playing on recreational teams and on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit. Before eighth grade, Todd moved to Richmond, Virginia so that he could play year-round for his AAU program, Team Loaded.[1]

High school career

In his first two years of high school, Todd played basketball for John Marshall High School in Richmond. As a freshman, he averaged 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, leading his team to district and regional titles. Todd was considered one of the area's best prospects since Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Moses Malone.[3][4] As a sophomore, Todd averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, shooting 39 percent from three-point range, to help John Marshall win the Class 3 state championship.[5] He was recognized as the Class 3 State Player of the Year and earned first-team All-Metro honors.[6]

For his junior season, Todd transferred to Trinity Academy, a private Christian school in Raleigh, North Carolina, on a scholarship. He was drawn there by coach Bryan Burrell, who he had previously worked with. Moving to Raleigh also allowed him to work closely with his personal trainer, Drew Hanlen.[7][8] Todd led the team, which had been coming off two losing seasons, to a 21–12 record while averaging 28 points and 15 rebounds per game.[9] He was named USA Today All-USA North Carolina Player of the Year.[10] Todd transferred to another private Christian school in Raleigh, Word of God Christian Academy, for his final high school season, playing under Byron Williams in The Grind Session.[11] As a senior, he was selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, but both games were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]


Entering his sophomore season at John Marshall, Todd was ranked as the number one recruit in the 2020 class by ESPN.[13][14] On October 17, 2019, he committed to play college basketball for Michigan over offers from Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina, among others. At the time, Todd was a consensus top-15 player in his class.[15] On April 14, 2020, he decommitted from Michigan and announced that he would forgo his college eligibility to pursue a professional career.[16]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Isaiah Todd
Richmond, VA Word of God Christian Academy (NC) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Oct 17, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 94
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 20  247Sports: 30  ESPN: 15
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Michigan 2020 Basketball Commitments". Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  • "2020 Michigan Wolverines Recruiting Class". Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  • "2020 Team Ranking". Retrieved September 2, 2020.

Professional career

NBA G League Ignite (2020–2021)

On April 17, 2020, Todd signed a one-year contract with the NBA G League Ignite, a developmental team affiliated with the NBA G League.[17][18] He was drawn to the G League because he wanted to "learn from pros and learn from NBA coaches and trainers."[19] Todd averaged 12.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.[20]

Washington Wizards (2021–2023)

Todd was selected in the second round of the 2021 NBA draft with the 31st pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was subsequently traded to the Indiana Pacers for the draft rights of the 54th and 60th picks, Sandro Mamukelashvili and Georgios Kalaitzakis, and two future second-round draft picks.[21] He was then traded to his hometown team, the Washington Wizards, alongside Aaron Holiday for the draft rights of Isaiah Jackson, in a five-team trade.[22]

On January 28, 2022, the Wizards suspended Todd for one game for "conduct detrimental to the team."[23]

Todd appeared in 12 games for the Wizards during the 2021-2022 season.[24]

On June 24, 2023, the Wizards traded Todd, along with Jordan Goodwin and Bradley Beal, to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a package that included four first-round pick swaps, six second-round picks, Landry Shamet, and Chris Paul.[25] On July 11, the Memphis Grizzlies acquired Todd and the rights to two future first-round pick swaps from the Suns in exchange for three second-round picks.[26] However, on September 30, they waived him.[27]

Return to the Ignite (2023–2024)

On October 30, 2023, Todd re-signed with the NBA G League Ignite.[28]

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2021–22 Washington 12 0 6.2 .269 .250 .333 1.0 .3 .3 .2 1.7
2022–23 Washington 6 1 10.2 .167 .100 1.000 2.0 .7 .2 .0 1.5
Career 18 1 7.5 .227 .192 .500 1.3 .4 .3 .1 1.6

National team career

Todd won a gold medal with the United States at the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship in Formosa, Argentina. He averaged 5.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in five games.[2]


  1. ^ a b Kolenich, Eric (March 9, 2018). "John Marshall's Isaiah Todd — the top-ranked high school basketball player in the country — was shaped by his mother and her past life of crime". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Isaiah Todd". USA Basketball. December 4, 2019. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Jeter, Fred (December 16, 2016). "Tall men help John Marshall open season with wins". Richmond Free Press. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Kolenich, Eric (November 29, 2017). "John Marshall's Isaiah Todd and Trinity's Armando Bacot are rarities in high school basketball". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  5. ^ Kolenich, Eric (April 21, 2018). "John Marshall basketball player Isaiah Todd will transfer to Bronyyyyy University". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  6. ^ Kolenich, Eric (March 31, 2018). "The 2018 All-Metro boys basketball team". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  7. ^ Jeter, Fred (May 4, 2018). "John Marshall standout Isaiah Todd transferring". Richmond Free Press. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  8. ^ Kolenich, Eric (February 14, 2019). "In North Carolina, Isaiah Todd has transformed his team and maybe himself, too". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  9. ^ Pope IV, Jonas (July 15, 2019). "This UNC basketball target is the No. 1 player in NC. But will he move to Florida?". The News & Observer. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  10. ^ "2018-19 ALL-USA North Carolina Boys Basketball Team". USA Today High School Sports. April 16, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  11. ^ Jordan, Jason (August 1, 2019). "Chosen 25 forward Isaiah Todd will transfer to Word of God (N.C.) for senior season". USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  12. ^ Jordan, Jason (March 12, 2019). "McDonald's All American Game Cancelled Amid COVID-19 Concerns". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 30, 2020.
  13. ^ Shaffer, Jonas (June 23, 2017). "Baltimore native rated ESPN's No. 1 hoops prospect in Class of 2020". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  14. ^ Biancardi, Paul (June 23, 2017). "Isaiah Todd tops early look at Class of 2020". ESPN. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  15. ^ Rapp, Timothy (October 17, 2019). "5-Star PF Isaiah Todd Commits to Michigan over Kansas, Kentucky, More". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  16. ^ Henschke, John. "Isaiah Todd decommits from Michigan to pursue overseas options". 247Sports. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  17. ^ "No. 13-ranked basketball prospect Isaiah Todd signs with G League". ESPN. April 17, 2020. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  18. ^ "Five-Star Recruit Isaiah Todd Signs With NBA G League". NBA G League. April 17, 2020. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  19. ^ Charania, Shams (April 17, 2020). "Isaiah Todd on his decision to join the G League over playing college basketball". The Athletic. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  20. ^ "Isaiah Todd". NBA G League. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  21. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks Acquire Draft Rights to Two Players in Trade with Indiana Pacers". July 30, 2021. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  22. ^ "Washington acquires six players in five-team trade". August 6, 2021.
  23. ^ "Wizards suspend Isaiah Todd one game for "conduct detrimental to the team"". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  24. ^ "Isaiah Todd Stats". Retrieved 2022-05-01.
  25. ^ "Wizards Agree to Trade Beal to Phoenix, Acquire Paul, Shamet and Draft Picks". June 24, 2023. Retrieved June 24, 2023.
  26. ^ "Grizzlies acquire rights to two future first-round pick swaps and Isaiah Todd from Suns". July 11, 2023. Retrieved July 12, 2023.
  27. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies sign Matthew Hurt and Mychal Mulder". September 30, 2023. Retrieved October 1, 2023.
  28. ^ "Ignite Announces Roster For The 2023-24 Season". October 30, 2023. Retrieved November 1, 2023.

External links

  • NBA G League profile
  • USA Basketball bio
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