Merrimack College, all the way from Massachusetts, was able to come to Illinois and pluck a commitment from Ryan Isaacson. The senior picked Merrimack over Indianapolis, Lewis, and St. Cloud State who had all also offered him. He announced his commitment on Monday afternoon to the Warriors. He was offered a scholarship by head coach Joe Gallo and staff back in July during his breakout summer. 

Isaacson is a versatile and lengthy 6’8” power forward of Hinsdale Central High School and Chicago Lockdown. He is a skilled forward who stretches the floor well as a high percentage three-point shooter. With his length and agility, he is also able to score in the post with his back to the basket to make him a prolific scoring threat when paired with his shooting ability. 

Isaacson now becomes the third member Gallo’s 2020 recruitment class. He will join point guard Malik Edmead of New York and wing guard James Berry of Virginia. 

The forward will be joining a Merrimack program that has made the leap to the Division 1 level this season. The Warriors have had a successful run at the Division 2 level, making each of the last three NCAA Tournaments at that level. Now they will look to compete at the NCAA’s highest level as a member of the Northeast Conference. Look for Isaacson to be a large piece of their squad in the future as they make the transition.