Saint Louis Billikens: Tramaine Isabell Ready to Win With His New Team

Any collegiate career has its fair share of twists and turns. It is a period of time to figure out what is best for an individual both in the present and weighing decisions that affect the future. This couldn’t be more true for newly transferred guard, Tramaine Isabell. After an up and down college career, Isabell will join his third school as a graduate transfer, helping the Billikens make a run at not only the Atlantic 10 Championship, but a return to the NCAA Tournament.

The 6’1” Isabell began his career with the Missouri Tigers where he showed a confident scoring ability mostly off the bench. While chipping in 4.2 and 6.2 PPG at his two seasons there, he displayed an energetic game with a nice shooting touch.

Despite sitting out the 2016-17 season due to transferring to Drexel, he is coming off of a star-studded season, where he averaged 21.0 PPG and 7.5 RPG for the Dragons, capping it off with earning his Bachelors degree in the process.

An all-around talent, Isabell has been a capable defender as well nabbing 1.2 steals last season.  With every move he has made so far, he has shown he has what it takes to step into any situation and perform.

After entering the 2018 NBA Draft without signing an agent and going undrafted, Isabell chose SLU over several other schools vying for his talents and is ready to be a key addition to a promising squad.

He should pair well with Sophomore guard Jordan Goodwin, but can be utilized in a variety of ways, either as a starter or off the bench. He gives Coach Travis Ford plenty of options. If he is deployed in a starting role he can show both his high-level scoring and his court vision to feed his teammates. He brings much needed energy and an aggressive approach that can spark any offense. He never backs down from a big shot, but is more than a long range specialist and will attack the rim whether he has a lane or not.

If coming off the bench, Isabell is instant offense and is the key piece teams look for in a reserve role, as he can jumpstart activity. His numbers may be slightly down from last season due to the tougher schedule than what Drexel played last season, but he has shown the ability to rise to any competition.

Either way, Isabell will bring intensity in any role he is put into and has the ability to elevate his teammates’ performances with his confident style and all-over-the-floor play.

The other highly valuable quality Isabell brings to the table is his veteran leadership. He is the perfect piece to lead young stars Jordan Goodwin and Hasahn French and will fit well alongside his other veteran teammates such as Javon Bess, D.J. Foreman and Isabell’s counterpart graduate transfer Dion Wiley. Isabell has shown his ability to adapt quickly to new systems and situations and will be a great resource for the incoming recruiting class and Sophomores.

This season will be an exciting one at Chaifetz Arena to say the least. It will be intriguing to see how Isabell is utilized throughout the season, but at any rate he provides fans with another reason to get excited for the 2018-19 season. Tramaine Isabell’s journey has taken a lot of different paths, but it should end with victory at the end of it all.

I am originally from Minnesota, currently living in Dallas, TX. I am a graduate of Saint Louis University and cover SLU Men's Basketball. Go Bills!

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