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Isaiah Briscoe #71 in Chad Ford’s Top 100; Marcus Lee not included

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee were among the five UK players on the NBA Early Entrants list earlier this week, but if you trust Chad Ford, their chances of being drafted look pretty dicey, at least in Lee’s case. Ford updated his Top 100 rankings of prospects this morning, and while I already shared his thoughts on Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, and Tyler Ulis with you, here’s what he had to say about Briscoe, whom he ranks #71:

Briscoe has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft. Briscoe came into the season as a potential first-round pick, but he got a little lost in scouts’ minds behind the stellar play of both Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis. His poor shooting and lack of time play the point guard spot didn’t help.

He does have a NBA body and next year he might get more minutes running the show for Kentucky — but with De’Aaron Fox coming, he might be stuck in the same playing out of position next year too. However, if he stays in the draft, I think he’s a likely second round pick.

“Likely” is better than nothing, but if Briscoe comes back and works on his shot and enhances his reputation as a defender/rim attacker, he could move back up into first round territory.

What about Marcus Lee? Despite Lee’s insistence on staying in the draft, Ford doesn’t include him in the list of the 100 best prospects.

[ESPN Insider]

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4 Comments for Isaiah Briscoe #71 in Chad Ford’s Top 100; Marcus Lee not included

  1. bluecat15
    2:37 pm April 28, 2016 Permalink

    Hope they both stay. We need their experience and leadership.

  2. 2thepoint
    3:39 pm April 28, 2016 Permalink

    I agree with you, but I also want what is the best for them individually. We think it is best for them to come back. Lee’s best opportunity may be to go overseas to some team and work there until he gains a mid range shot then come back. I feel Briscoe can play in the NBA, but he needs to vastly improve his free throw shooting and his floor shooting as well. They were getting better toward the end of the season, but not enough to be drafted, yet, in my opinion.

  3. Aar
    3:55 pm April 28, 2016 Permalink

    I hope they each do what is best for them. Briscoe probably has a great opportunity to improve his stock in the combine. If he comes out and shoots as well in the combine as he did in high school, I can see his stock improving significantly. If he doesn’t, I think that returning to UK will be best for him and BBN.

    Lee’s case is very interesting. I haven’t seen definitively that he is a 3-year graduate. Regardless, I think he has a bright future and objectives after his basketball career is done. Also, as a basketball player, I think he might already be the player he intends to be.

    We have all seen multiple UK players with less athleticism and skill set go on to lengthy and lucrative pro careers both domestically and overseas. We also watched Aaron Harrison go undrafted and make the Charlotte Hornets roster. If he chooses to stay in the draft, he could easily have either of those routes as his intention.

    Being drafted and having a long NBA career is an alluring, romantic notion. Sometimes the player who recognizes early that it is not in their cards can maximize their income potential and have wonderful international living and travel experiences through their basketball talents. Lee is an intelligent, thoughtful and caring person who has much to give beyond basketball. I would not be surprised if he chooses this path.

    If he prefers to return to UK, I will join all of BBN in cheering for him next season and looking for him to improve his shot and post moves.

  4. TexasCat17
    4:16 pm April 28, 2016 Permalink

    This should show them both that they need to come back!! Go to the NBA combine get the experience and hear what the NBA says you need to work on and then get back to Lexington.

    We need them both because they bring experience and we have very little experience coming back… You need guys who have been through the fire and have been counted on to make a play and if they go then you only have Willis and maybe Hawkins that you could say that about.