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How will Isaiah Briscoe handle his homecoming tomorrow?

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Tomorrow will be a homecoming of sorts for Newark, New Jersey native Isaiah Briscoe, who will have plenty of family and friends in the stands at the Barclays Center. John Calipari’s players haven’t always handled their homecomings well and yesterday, Cal said he hopes Briscoe doesn’t let it distract him because right now, the Cats can’t afford for him to lose his focus.

“I don’t know. I hope so because we’re going to need him to thrive. We don’t have enough guys. You take one guy like Alex or you take one guy like Marcus, you take one guy like Tyler — you take one guy out of this mix, we’re really not nearly the same team.”

Briscoe’s development so far is one of the most underrated storylines of the season, in my opinion, and Calipari said all of the feedback he’s hearing from Briscoe’s friends and family in New York is overwhelmingly positive.

Everybody that’s watched — from New York — that’s watched Isaiah cannot believe that he’s playing the way he’s playing,” Cal said. “One of the best defensive rebounding guards in the country. He’s in an attack mode, north and south, he’s not east and west anymore. They’re watching this saying, like, ‘Wow.’ They look at his body and they say, ‘What?’ He’s not even the same. That’s what I want to hear about guys that come here, like, wow.”

“Going home is always tough,” Cal said, bringing up the one flaw in Briscoe’s game right now. “He hasn’t been shooting the ball well and I told him, he shot it 72 percent from the foul line in high school. I don’t understand why he’s shooting so poorly. Part of it is how we play he’s probably never defended like that and he goes to the line and he’s not used to how he feels. That may be part of it. I think that’s a part of all my players when they first work for the first time, the free-throw shooting goes south.”

Let’s hope he feels a little more at home from the line tomorrow afternoon.



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for How will Isaiah Briscoe handle his homecoming tomorrow?

  1. somerset bill
    3:42 pm December 18, 2015 Permalink

    i agree, for all the talk about his free throw shooting, he is really playing great.

    and, what a fantastic little nugget, there, about him hitting 72 percent from the line in high school! i shall worry about this no more. now, i know just a little time and this will be sorted out, too.

  2. J-Dub421
    4:42 pm December 18, 2015 Permalink

    Briscoe has been very fun to watch this season, so far. I love his moxie.

  3. Leuther
    5:30 pm December 18, 2015 Permalink

    Agree! Isaiah has an uncanny ability to get to the rim. Needs to hit his FTs, though…

  4. Twick39
    7:02 pm December 18, 2015 Permalink

    If I remember correctly most of our guys don’t do well in homecoming games