Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox may take home the most SEC weekly awards, but there’s no denying that Isaiah Briscoe is the leader of this team; on this morning’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said just that.
“When I think of Kentucky, the heart and soul of that team is (Isaiah) Briscoe. Briscoe, to me, is the guy that if you (asked) me, who am I most worried about? I’m worried about him. He makes it happen. … They need a tough basket, he’s the guy that delivers. He’s just a winner. He makes everybody else better around him. You can’t say enough about Briscoe and what he does.”
Howland’s right. Briscoe’s knack for driving the lane to get a bucket has saved Kentucky in key situations this season, notably vs. Vanderbilt last Tuesday. I wrote all about this last week, but as Howland said, Briscoe delivers. Today, Joel Justus called Briscoe the “straw that stirs the drink” for this team.
“Nothing fazes him; Coach Cal doesn’t faze him. He’s embraced everything that is the day-to-day grind of Kentucky basketball. I think what we’re most proud of is he has been the guy that is the first guy talking and the last guy talking, whether it’s on offense, whether it’s on defense, whether it’s on timeouts. He is the guy that you could say the straw that stirs the drink with this group.”
“Personally, I believe the thing that he does the best is he drags us,” Justus added. “He’s a gatherer of guys that gets us to where we want to go.”
Watch Briscoe’s second half performance vs. Vandy, and then thank your lucky stars he’s in blue and white.