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Eighth grade basketball star gets UNLV scholarship

Posted at 5:02 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 20:02:42-04

14-year-old Richard Isaacs is a rising star in basketball and he's been given an amazing opportunity for someone his age - a scholarship to UNLV.

"I was shocked, though to be honest, I wasn't expecting it at such a young age," Isaacs was surprised to hear the news.

He isn't old enough to drive a car yet, but he can drive a layup better than any other kid his age in Las Vegas.  He's one of the top basketball players his age in the country, ranked 23rd among players set to graduate in the class of 22.

Isaacs is home schooled and plays for Vegas Elite. This past summer a coach for the UNLV Rebels recognized his potential. Brian Sitter is the director of Vegas Elite. He says it's unusual for a college program to offer a player so young a full ride, but Isaacs is an unusually talented player.

 "He was one of our leading scorers and leading contributors on that team that ended up winning the world championships. In one of them-he led us with 28," said Sitter who thinks Isaacs can be a stand-out player in college and beyond.  

"I want to go to the NBA and be one of the best point guards to play," Issacs said that with all the hype comes a lot of pressure, but he is up to the challenge.