2013-14: Freshman at Creighton • Scored five points and added three rebounds and three assists in debut vs. Alcorn State (Nov. 8). • Cracked double figures for the first time with 10 points in 16 minutes vs. UMKC (Nov. 11). • Had a four-point play in final minute of first half vs. Arizona State (Nov. 28). • Scored 12 points, making 4-of-7 three-pointers, in road win at Long Beach State (Dec. 3). • Recorded six points in 13 minutes vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 17. • Set screen that got Doug McDermott open on his game-winning three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left vs. St. John’s (Jan. 28). • With his father in the crowd due to the NBA All-Star break, scored a career-high 13 points in 24 minutes on 4-for-5 shooting in win over No. 6 Villanova (Feb. 16). • Owned 26 assists and just four turnovers in 304 minutes, making him one of two players nationally with 300+ minutes and less than five turnovers. • Dislocated patellar tendon (kneecap) in right knee on March 1 at Xavier and missed the rest of the season.
2012-13: Redshirted at Creighton • Practiced but did not play for Creighton’s 2012-13 MVC championship team that finished 28-8, as part of a redshirt season. • Had four points and six rebounds in exhibition game win vs. University of Mary (Nov. 2).
Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School • Four-year member of the varsity team, twice earning All-North Suburban Conference honors. • A finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball as a senior, when he picked up First Team All-State honors by ESPNHS and the St. Paul Pioneer-Press after averaging 19.7 points per game for the Red Knights. • Named to Minneapolis Star-Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-Metro Team as a senior. • Named Conference co-MVP along with teammate Sanjay Lumpkin, who went to Northwestern. • A career 90 percent free-throw shooter and 46 percent from three-point range at the high school level. • Scored more than 1,000 points as a prep, playing for coach John Moore. • Finished as a runner-up at the nationally-televised High School Three-Point Championships in April after his senior campaign. He led all competitors with 20 in the first round and 24 in the second round, then lost 18-17 in the finals to Oklahoma State-bound Phil Forte. • As a junior, averaged 18.8 points per game for team that reached the sectional finals. • As a sophomore, averaged 16.1 points per game for a team that went 24-6 and lost in the state semifinals. • Named by Rivals.com as a top-10 three-point shooter in the 2012 prep class and by ESPN as a top-25 three-point shooter. • Led the 2011 Nike EYBL Peach Jam in free-throw percentage (94.7 percent) and three-pointers made (20), and was fifth with 48 percent marksmanship from downtown. • Also had offers from Manhattan, Wofford, George Mason and Jacksonville.
More About Isaiah Full Name: Isaiah Donald Zierden Birthday: Sept. 25, 1993 Birthplace: Onalaska, Wis. Parents: Don and Anne Zierden Major: Marketing Favorite Pro Sports Team: Washington Wizards Favorite Sports Memory: 3-point competition Sports Hero: Kobe Bryant Hobby: Golf If I Could Meet Anyone: Jennifer Aniston and Michael Jordan Favorite Junk Food: White cheddar popcorn Favorite Movies: The Hangover, Inception Did You Know: His father, Don, is an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards, and formerly an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons. He also was head coach of the Minnesota Lynx (WNBA), La Crosse Bobcats (CBA) and Pittsburgh Piranhas (CBA).
Awards and Honors 2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team
Career Highs Points 13 vs. #6 Villanova 2/16/14 Field Goals 4 (3x), last vs. #6 Villanova 2/16/14 Field Goal Attempts 8 vs. Alcorn State 11/8/13 3-Point Field Goals 4 at Long Beach State 12/3/13 3-Point Field Goals Attempted 7 at Long Beach State 12/3/13 Free Throws 4 vs. #6 Villanova 2/16/14 Free Throws Attempted 5 vs. #6 Villanova 2/16/14 Rebounds 3 (2x), last vs. Chicago State 12/29/13 Assists 3 (4x), last vs. #6 Villanova 2/16/14 Blocks None Steals 1 (3x), last at Providence 1/18/14 Minutes 24 (2x), last vs. #6 Villanova 2/16/14