Isaiah Briscoe has quickly developed a reputation as this team’s lockdown defender, a badge he wears proudly. Today, Jerry Tipton asked Briscoe if he considered himself this team’s “stopper.”
Briscoe: “Is that what it looked like?”
Tipton: “That is what it looked like.”
Briscoe: “I’m the stopper then.”
Briscoe said that’s a big change for a kid who played “honest defense” growing up. What’s honest defense?
“Take a couple trips off,” he laughed. “Might play defense three trips in a row, then take another couple trips off.”
Now, the staff is giving him the task of shutting down the opponent’s best scorer. Against Duke, it was Grayson Allen. Before the game, Briscoe said he went over to Kenny Payne and asked how many points they were hoping to limit Allen to. Payne said ten.
Briscoe held him to six.