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Briscoe’s dad says he’s still undecided, has regained confidence in NBA workouts


Over the past few weeks, Isaiah Briscoe has worked out for several NBA teams and, in an interview with Kyle Tucker, his father says he still hasn’t made up his mind whether or not to stay in the NBA Draft or return to UK for his sophomore season.

Interestingly, George Briscoe says his son lost his confidence during his freshman year at UK, but that confidence has returned in his NBA tryouts:

“I have to figure out why my son is who he is right now in that NBA setting, but at Kentucky he’s not,” the father said. “He’s getting back to being Isaiah now and I’m enjoying it. He goes into some of these workouts with this guy and that guy who are supposed to be first-round picks and does well.”

Briscoe has another week before he has to make his decision and his dad says they plan to work out for a few more teams, hinting that if “something came through,” like an offer from a team to draft him, his son would listen; however, he made it clear his family still loves Kentucky and has “much respect for Coach Cal.”

For more quotes from Briscoe’s dad, check out Kyle’s piece at the Courier-Journal.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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16 Comments for Briscoe’s dad says he’s still undecided, has regained confidence in NBA workouts

  1. Sasquatch
    1:50 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    IMO, he should be a point guard (even if he comes off the bench) not the 2 or an undersized 3. I always thought he looked better running the point and even seemed comfortable shooting. He’s not a catch and shoot type of guy.

    • david8577
      3:58 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      He got some time at point last year, and looked pretty terrible at running an offense and leading the group on the floor. That doesn’t mean that with more playing time he wouldn’t have been better, but there was a reason Ulis was playing 39 minutes a game. All this said, I really like the kid on and off the floor and hope he comes back and improves.

  2. Le Docteur
    2:12 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    This is his son so he ought to be given lots of lee-way in his comments. But to the extent that the Dad is suggesting there’s something about Isaiah’s situation at UK that resulted in him being different at UK than he is being in the NBA setting, give me a break. I guess “getting back to being Isaiah” means he’s hitting shots now. I think highly of Isaiah and with the exception of his horrible shooting loved his game. No reasonable person could argue that he was put in a position at UK that made it impossible for him to consistently hit a wide-open, 15-foot shot — a free throw. Good God. I hope Isaiah returns, improves and gets drafted in the 1st round next year.

    • JusSayin
      2:17 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      Well it’s not crazy to think that somebody who played on the ball as PG their whole life would struggle to transition to playing off the ball as a SF… I don’t think that’s unreasonable.

      But he shoot better. And he was towards the end of the year. I think a lot of his shooting was getting use to his new body. He lost a lot of weight and put on a ton of muscle.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      3:20 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      It’s actually pretty common that point guards who move to the two sometimes struggle to adjust. Moving to the three would be an even greater transition. He didn’t have the ball in his hands, but still had to learn to integrate himself into an offense that he didn’t initiate. All while being matched up against a larger, more physical player than he ever used to see. That’s not easy.

  3. yarg
    2:22 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    I was really looking forward to Briscoe being back this season. He’s got a great motor. Hope the dude sticks around and works on his jumper for a while and doesn’t get thrown in the D-league for a couple years, instead.

  4. GroundControlToNumber9
    2:33 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    George Briscoe doesn’t be careful he could end up in paralysis by a n a l y s i s. In other words, not concluding anything of value by thinking he knows all the factors.

    I’d be willing to bet that 99.9% of college students are bogged down by the load of classes, homework, and studying for tests. Fortunately for anyone that goes through it, while also working or participating in sports, they also gain a real advantage as a person. We put our kids into this pressure cooker for a reason at this age… it’s a maturation opportunity that creates people capable of much more in life.

    It’s very likely that school plays a role in Briscoe’s game. And getting use to it helps one overcome that challenge (development opportunities).

    It’s also very likely that Briscoe was forced for the first time to take a different role on the court. With Tyler Ulis (as a Soph) on the team it’s just not reasonable to expect Briscoe to be the starting point guard. This can really play with an alpha ego. It directly leads to confidence challenges which in turns leads to shooting percentage fluctuations.

    With Tyler out of the way Briscoe has a new chance. In life there are hurdles. If you persevere instead of quit… if you challenge yourself to the difficult moments instead of shying away you grow. Those moments make you better for the next challenge.

    In the end nothing is really in his way other than himself. His response to this season (publicly) was phenomenal. He handled himself like a real team player should and I guarantee that will be remembered by NBA scouts. BTW, there’s not another kid in college that would have gotten the start over Tyler. That’s just a fact…

    Briscoe is a real talent and can change games by himself. But that’s not how you win titles or convince NBA scouts that you’re their top pick. You establish pick position by showing your true depth… as a leader or a teammate (constantly switching depending on situation), a brother’s keeper, and someone who handles the 1 million situations that you are faced with… with class, courage, and resolve.

    Go Isaiah! Go Big Blue!

    • BK
      3:03 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      And you’re telling Briscoe’s about paralysis by analysis? Slow-down!

    • BK
      3:04 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      read, “Briscoe’s dad”

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      6:55 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

      BK – George’s comment insinuates the possibility that Isaiah’s problem is UK.

      That’s when factoring: there and not there.

      I’m suggesting 2 factors he isn’t including in his comment that can’t be left out of the equation.

      Yea, 2. Ulis & classes. Get a full view before you taste test or else it’s a waste of time (and potentially costly mistake by Isaiah).

  5. Sentient Third Eye
    3:25 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Briscoe’s role on last year’s team probably hampered his development, honestly. But at the same time, the experience will benefit him in the long run. Playing the 3 definitely got him used to more contact than he saw in high school. If he comes back, I expect he will have the ball in his hands a lot more, maybe splitting 50/50 with Fox at times. Those young guys do freak out sometimes and have to come out for a little while, especially in November and December. They all do, even John Wall as a freshman once or twice. .

  6. jr1122
    4:18 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Until you can shoot free throws consistently, stay in college…

  7. Angelo
    5:13 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    He needs some help from a sports psychologist, just like pro golfers do from time to time. He just needs his confidence back. I am sure Cal is working on this for him.

  8. bluecat15
    5:19 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    Love Briscoe and his toughness. Hope he comes back and teams up with BAM to give us 2 great motors.

  9. Larry Pratt
    5:42 pm May 18, 2016 Permalink

    I like Briscoe. And I understand his dad wanting to pump up his kid. But let’s not blame opportunity on anyone but Briscoe. He got a ton of minutes. Just not at point guard. Ulis owned that spot. If he were good enough, he could have beaten out Tyler for that role. He wasn’t. As others have said, at his height, he’s going to have to be able to shoot the ball to make an NBA roster. Period.

  10. kyle heavy
    8:26 am May 19, 2016 Permalink

    It’s a pretty simple answer to ole Dad’s question:

    Because he is comparing workouts to live-game situations at Kentucky. You cannot compare the two.