2024 SG Ishan Sharma impresses at Lighthouse Classic
Ontario’s Fort Erie International Academy made the long trip from Canada to Corinth, Mississippi for this year’s Lighthouse Classic. As many people in basketball say, the length of the trip doesn’t matter, as long as their team plays quality competition and is seen by the right eyes.
The competition was on-par for the Canadian-based program, as they played against two quality opponents in The Rock School (FL) and Moravian Prep (GA). A couple of Fort Erie’s players were standouts, but no one stood out more than 2024 shooting guard Ishan Sharma.
Sharma, a skilled, 6-foot-5 sharpshooter, wasted no time making his presence known on Friday. He scored 13 points in the first quarter on his way to a game-high 34 points against The Rock School in the first round of the Lighthouse Classic Prep Challenge.
The skilled sniper showcased his ability to score the ball at an elite level from behind the arc. He shot it well off the catch while also making plays off the dribble, whether it was tough finishes at the rim or soft floaters over the defense. Sharma’s advanced IQ and ball skills make him a valuable piece of Fort Erie’s program.
“I would say I played solid overall,” Sharma told HoopSeen.com. “I felt like I got some good looks and shot the ball well, especially from behind the arc. I also felt like I was a good teammate to my guys. I would say the best part of my game is definitely my shot-making ability, especially from 3. I can mix it up with catch-and-shoots or dribble pull-ups.”
Sharma has yet to land his first scholarship offer, but it looks like it’s a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if.’ The junior guard is already being recruited by a handful of high-academic programs.
“I’m receiving interest from several schools such as Harvard, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Western Michigan, and Columbia to name a few,” he explained.
Mississippi State had an assistant in attendance for the game, so don’t be surprised if the Bulldogs don’t begin recruiting Sharma at some point. More schools will come into the picture before the high school season ends, but, until then, Sharma is focused on leading his team.
“We’ve made some big strides as a team effort and execution-wise and we’re starting to gel. I’ve stepped into a leadership role this season, so navigating that is definitely challenging and fun. The season has been going well so far.”
When discussing the top shooters in high school basketball, Sharma’s name has to be considered. He proved that and more at the Lighthouse Classic.