Most top 100 recruits from New York City do not stay in the city, opting for a prep school. Isaiah Washington made the choice to stay. The leader of the ‘Jellyfam’ movement is in his freshman year at Minnesota, hundreds of miles from the streets of Harlem where he grew up. Yet, he is putting on for the city of New York. Rappers like Dave East talk about him in their songs. High school kids yell “Jelly” when they see a finger roll.
The four star recruit went to high school at St Raymonds in the Bronx. As the best prospect in New York City last year, he drew crowds wherever he went. Dyckman was always crowded when he balled pickup over the summer; his high school games were full of energy in the stands. He‘s racked up an insane following on social media, with hundreds of thousands of followers on instagram. People try emulating the smoothness of his game. He plays in a way that makes insane Kyrie-esque fingerolls look effortless. He’s trademarked the finger roll as the ‘jelly’. He and Jahvon Quinerly have teamed up to form ‘Jellyfam’, a group of guards in the tristate area known for their ability to finish smoothly at the rim.
Washington was Minnesota’s most prized recruit this year, and he’s brought the Jelly to the Big 10. He teams up with talented players such as Amir Coffee and Nate Mason on a very talented Minnesota team trying to turn heads in the BIg 10. A social media sensation, Washington has the ability to revolutionize Richard Pitino’s program at Minnesota. The hype around Washington is unparalleled in the program’s history.
In his freshman year, Washington is putting up 7.5 ppg in 19 minutes. Undoubtedly, expectations may have been too high for him to lead the team right away, but he’ll improve as time goes on. But the ‘jellyfam’ movement continues to grow and prosper. His college highlights have made it all over twitter, and NBA players such as Lebron have started to join in on the Jellyfam movement. Washington, regardless of his stats, is giving New Yorkers a hometown hero to cheer for. He’s making the city of New York proud.