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Looking at Isaiah Briscoe 6 months 12 hours ago #248677

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At the time we lost out on the recruiting battle for Isaiah Briscoe to Kentucky many speculated about what course his career path would take. The thought by some was that Brisoce would be a one and done anyway and he would not be on the college scene for long.

As he completes his Sophomore season it looks like Briscoe's path to the pros may be a longer one than originally thought. In essence right now he is a third wheel in the Kentucky Back court behind Freshman sensations De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. Those two should be headed into this year's NBA lottery, but Briscoe is definitely not thought of that way yet.

To Briscoe's credit he has deferred his game to his more prestigious freshman teammates and has done the little things well. He is a strong defender, is good on the boards, is excellent in the open court, handles and distributes very well and can take the ball to the basket effectively. However his outside shooting has been largely unimpressive and he is a poor free throw shooter. He may yet be an NBA player but for now the lottery and probably the first round seems out of reach. If he stays in school for his Junior year and perhaps beyond he may enhance his skills and raise his stock.

The belief by some was that Steve Lavin's fate was sealed at St. John's when he missed out on landing Briscoe. That said I am not sure he would have been a game changer for St. John's. His talent is there, but his shooting flaws are pretty glaring and he would not have been surrounded by supporting talent anywhere near what he has with him at Kentucky. At Kentucky he has not been the focus of the offense. Last year he played second fiddle to Tyler Ulis and this year he is third fiddle behind the Freshman. Although it is pure speculation I don't think he would have done well being our lead guard

Ultimately I am very happy we have Ponds and for now and hopefully beyond Lovett. I think they give us certain skills that Briscoe lacks.
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Looking at Isaiah Briscoe 6 months 11 hours ago #248679

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Good points, but he was likely pulling in other talent leading the johnnies to their 2017 championship season.

He could been our hero.
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Looking at Isaiah Briscoe 6 months 10 hours ago #248684

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At the time we lost out on the recruiting battle for Isaiah Briscoe to Kentucky many speculated about what course his career path would take. The thought by some was that Brisoce would be a one and done anyway and he would not be on the college scene for long.

As he completes his Sophomore season it looks like Briscoe's path to the pros may be a longer one than originally thought. In essence right now he is a third wheel in the Kentucky Back court behind Freshman sensations De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. Those two should be headed into this year's NBA lottery, but Briscoe is definitely not thought of that way yet.

To Briscoe's credit he has deferred his game to his more prestigious freshman teammates and has done the little things well. He is a strong defender, is good on the boards, is excellent in the open court, handles and distributes very well and can take the ball to the basket effectively. However his outside shooting has been largely unimpressive and he is a poor free throw shooter. He may yet be an NBA player but for now the lottery and probably the first round seems out of reach. If he stays in school for his Junior year and perhaps beyond he may enhance his skills and raise his stock.

The belief by some was that Steve Lavin's fate was sealed at St. John's when he missed out on landing Briscoe. That said I am not sure he would have been a game changer for St. John's. His talent is there, but his shooting flaws are pretty glaring and he would not have been surrounded by supporting talent anywhere near what he has with him at Kentucky. At Kentucky he has not been the focus of the offense. Last year he played second fiddle to Tyler Ulis and this year he is third fiddle behind the Freshman. Although it is pure speculation I don't think he would have done well being our lead guard

Ultimately I am very happy we have Ponds and for now and hopefully beyond Lovett. I think they give us certain skills that Briscoe lacks.

Ya just never know how high school kids are going to turn out, regardless of how highly ranked and touted. The college basketball graveyards are littered with MCAAs. Which is why I am of the belief that we grab every highly ranked kid we can regardless of whether or not they may be viewed as one and done. From the looks of it, Briscoe may wind up being a good 4 year player for Cal. Certainly not the superstar he was expected to be.. Doubtful he would have been a program changer here, although a commitment from him certainly would have given us a shot in the arm and lured some more talent here. But an IB commit would have also likely resulted in a Lav extension.....
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Looking at Isaiah Briscoe 6 months 10 hours ago #248685

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I was thinking about him too while watching the game last night. He certainly didn't seem like someone who could have been our savior, but that's mostly because he's not a focal point on this Kentucky team, so it's hard to envision. In fact, he doesn't even appear to be an option on offense most times down the floor. He didn't get the ball much during the time I was watching, mostly having to defer to Fox or Monk. And he wasn't even handling primary ball handling duties.

Another thing I noticed about him, and this is coming from someone who didn't know anything about him in high school, he's built like a truck! A sharp contrast to Ponds who's much smaller and skinnier.

I'm sure he would have taken on a much different role here, but how can we complain since we have Ponds instead.
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Looking at Isaiah Briscoe 6 months 10 hours ago #248686

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While Briscoe isn't the leading guard on that team, he is the guy that makes the offense go. The "glue guy" for that team. I've watched him plenty of times this year, and he is often covering the other teams best guard, and running the point on offense. While he might not have been a program changer here, he is certainly having a productive college career at Kentucky.
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Looking at Isaiah Briscoe 6 months 10 hours ago #248687

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He can defend, never was much of a shooter & finishes in open court with his strength. At Kentucky, just another piece of the puzzle, but a good one.
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Looking at Isaiah Briscoe 6 months 10 hours ago #248689

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Others probably know better and I have no clue if there is any truth to this, but i've heard some rumors that he might look to transfer after this season and that he is looking strongly at Seton Hall. Maybe he wants to come back home? Maybe he feels he can showcase his skills better for the NBA? Maybe this is all just a rumor, but I wouldn't be completly shocked if it happen. Personally, I think he would look better playin next to Ponds.

I'll believe it when I see it though.
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Looking at Isaiah Briscoe 6 months 9 hours ago #248694

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JO23 wrote:
Others probably know better and I have no clue if there is any truth to this, but i've heard some rumors that he might look to transfer after this season and that he is looking strongly at Seton Hall. Maybe he wants to come back home? Maybe he feels he can showcase his skills better for the NBA? Maybe this is all just a rumor, but I wouldn't be completly shocked if it happen. Personally, I think he would look better playin next to Ponds.

I'll believe it when I see it though.

Anything is possible but next year Briscoe will be a much larger part of the UK offence as a few players will be in the NBA.
Would he be the focal point of the Halls offence in 2 Years, of course he would , but would he sit out a year to be the focal point on what would appear to be a weak team????
Does not make sense to me but in recruiting I am often wrong
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Looking at Isaiah Briscoe 6 months 9 hours ago #248698

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JO23 wrote:
Others probably know better and I have no clue if there is any truth to this, but i've heard some rumors that he might look to transfer after this season and that he is looking strongly at Seton Hall. Maybe he wants to come back home? Maybe he feels he can showcase his skills better for the NBA? Maybe this is all just a rumor, but I wouldn't be completly shocked if it happen. Personally, I think he would look better playin next to Ponds.

I'll believe it when I see it though.

Anything is possible but next year Briscoe will be a much larger part of the UK offence as a few players will be in the NBA.
Would he be the focal point of the Halls offence in 2 Years, of course he would , but would he sit out a year to be the focal point on what would appear to be a weak team????
Does not make sense to me but in recruiting I am often wrong

Yea I agree, but like you said you never know. He could just want to be back home in Jersey. Also, Kentucky is reloading again with 3 top 30 guards coming in.
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