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UPDATE: Isaiah Briscoe & Alex Poythress are NBA Combine Alternates


As we await to hear the fait of Isaiah Briscoe’s NBA Draft Combine invitation, another Wildcat has been added to the alternate list.  Alex Poythress joins fellow forward Marcus Lee as alternates to participate in the combine.

It’s easy to immediately react negatively, but it makes sense.  NBA executives vote on who they want to see in Chicago.  They’ve seen more than three years of basketball from these two, and two “Cal Combines.”  

It isn’t great news for anybody to be left off the invite list, but it doesn’t doom their NBA future.  After all, Josh Richardson wasn’t invited to last year’s combine but he was still drafted 40th overall and is averaging 30 minutes a game in the playoffs for the Heat.

UPDATE: 7:07

We’d been waiting all day to hear the news and now it’s confirmed: Isaiah Briscoe did NOT receive an invitation to the NBA Combine and is listed as an alternate.  This news does nothing but increase Briscoe’s chances of returning to play for Kentucky in the fall.  Marcus Lee is the third Wildcat on the alternate list.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for UPDATE: Isaiah Briscoe & Alex Poythress are NBA Combine Alternates

  1. justaguyinthebackrow
    7:04 pm April 30, 2016 Permalink

    Fait, really? Forget editors, do you even have spell check?

  2. Catlogic15
    7:34 pm April 30, 2016 Permalink

    Let the “is there no longer a scholarship for Bolden?” hand-wringers start their hand-wringing.

    • leon singleton
      7:42 pm April 30, 2016 Permalink

      Let Duke have Bolden it will take Cal all year trying to get him ready for the NBA.

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:28 pm April 30, 2016 Permalink

      leon singleton April 30, 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink | Reply
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      Sooner then later the NCAA is going to nail Cal with violations and Carolina and Duke will pass us with wins. I wish Cal could run a clean program like Duke and Carolina.

    • ukwildcats381
      11:25 am May 1, 2016 Permalink

      Cal does not need to cheat at Kentucky. He is by far the best recruiter and coach/developer in any college sport. That’s why these kids come to UK. They think about how cal, will have them NBA ready, and that his resume here speaks boldy for itself. And he can offer to get these kids, and sale them on playing with the best players, and having chances of making history, while showing the players skills he don’t have to play them so many minutes, and still have them going pro, making all-star, Olympic team, MVP, and championship. The brotherhood between current and alum, is unprecedented. All that being said, I personally prefer marques playing at duke. Were stacked and will be for many yes to come. This could be the yr to go 40/0 and that’s without marques. But if he comes, I’m predicting, undefeated AND NUMBER 9 & 10 BY 2018!!!!! #BBN

  3. bosshogg24
    8:34 pm April 30, 2016 Permalink

    This should be a wake up call to future players, take days off, games off, give only 50% effort and you end up bad! To he uninformed hand wringers Cal has a scholarship anytime he wants one, leave it to him!

    • bosshogg24
      8:45 pm April 30, 2016 Permalink

      The only thing I like more than UK is Obama and gays.

    • ukwildcats381
      11:39 am May 1, 2016 Permalink

      Your a loser, why troll a fan site. Obama was a great president, I’m born and raised in Bloomington Indiana, 5minutes from campus, everyone here has mad respect and don’t ever talk bad bout me reppin UK. And for bashing gays, you gay

  4. sharpshooter62
    9:52 pm April 30, 2016 Permalink

    @UK Big Board Update; c’mon with the Cal is gonna get hit with violations bullcrap. Give it a break with this nonsense.

    Mark it down Briscoe will be back for sure because as of right now he wouldn’t make one team in the NBA. I don’t think Lee will be back as he isn’t going to improve his draft status because honestly he will be coming off the bench next year.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:18 am May 1, 2016 Permalink

      I didn’t say that. Leon Singleton the Troll said that. I just copied and pasted his comment from another article.

    • cats paw
      7:33 am May 1, 2016 Permalink

      Of course Big Board didn’t say that. His only vocabulary is “troll” and the ability of a nerd to copy/paste. I often wonder if KSR were to shut down if he would commit suicide because he would’nt have any relevance in life. What would he do if he couldn’t worship an 18 yr old kid? Hahaha

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:59 am May 1, 2016 Permalink

      Nah, I’d just continue living my awesome life. 😉

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:01 pm May 1, 2016 Permalink

      And cats paw, would you prefer that I refer to you as “dumbass loser” then?

  5. ukwildcats381
    11:27 am May 1, 2016 Permalink

    so do the alternates not get to go at all? And if the do go, do they do any drills/interviews??