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Isaiah Briscoe’s Exceptional Five-on-Five Performance

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What Isaiah Briscoe lacked in size, he made up for in skill during the five-on-five version of the NBA Combine.

Briscoe began the day by failing to reach the 6’3″ mark on the tape measure while wearing shoes.  At 11 percent body fat, only seven players at the combine fared worse.  After that, the news only got better for Briscoe.

Briscoe ran the fastest shuttle at 2.85 seconds  After demonstrating his agility, he was one of the best performers in the five-on-five game.  The only Wildcat participating in the scrimmages scored 15 points (sixth-most in two games) on 6-of-10 shooting.  He even made one-of-two three pointers.  More impressively, he led all players with 7 assists.  Briscoe was at his best by simply being the best version of Isaiah Briscoe.

Criticized by many fans, Briscoe’s greatest problem at Kentucky is that he could never play his true position, point guard.  Tyler Ulis and De’Aaron Fox were simply too effective.  Briscoe’s at his best when the ball is in his left hand.  His command is powerful and his stance is wide and low, allowing him to get separation and make plays.  He sure made a lot of them in the lane today.

There were three separate occasions where once he was rolling, nobody was stopping him.  The first started in transition.  Once the layup opportunity was eliminated, a teammate was wide open from three.  His most impressive pass was a one-handed dart that went right through two defenders hands to Kennedy Meeks.  The exclamation point was a Euro-step in transition that led to an easy layup, immediately followed by an AND ONE floater near the rim on the next possession.

BUT WAIT — THERE’S MORE!

One of three Wildcats that’s ever claimed a triple-double, you must mention the point guard’s rebounding.  Briscoe recorded 5 rebounds, 3 on the offensive end, and that does not count his best hustle play of the day.  A teammate’s three-pointer ricocheted high off the rim.  He jumped for it near the free throw line, but got tied up with another player and thrown to the floor.  Briscoe held on until the larger forward ripped it from his hands.  He didn’t get the ball, but he showed his greatest intangible to the NBA scouts in attendance.

Isaiah Briscoe’s professional future is uncertain, but he did everything he could to help his case today at the NBA Combine.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Isaiah Briscoe’s Exceptional Five-on-Five Performance



  1. KyCats8x
    8:31 pm May 11, 2017 Permalink

    I wish the ads on the app were a lil more frequent 😡



  2. unbridled
    8:40 pm May 11, 2017 Permalink

    Great to hear and I hope he hustles and shoots his way onto a roster.



  3. JusSayin
    9:49 pm May 11, 2017 Permalink

    I told people that he would look better playing the one spot instead of small forward.

    People are like “Why is Briscoe getting his shot blocked?”

    Because he’s being guarded by Justin Jackson!

    His natural spot is at PG. We had Ulis and Fox so he bulked up and played small forward for us and people criticized him anyway.



  4. Saul T. Nuts
    9:59 pm May 11, 2017 Permalink

    Way to go Isaiah! I sure hope he lands on a roster…he’ll make any team better.



  5. JPScott
    10:58 pm May 11, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe got plenty of opportunities to play point guard this year. Anytime Fox was injured or in foul trouble Briscoe got the nod at point. He was OK, but clearly not as effective as Fox. The biggest drop-off was the game pace. Under Briscoe the pace slowed to a crawl.



    • JusSayin
      10:25 am May 12, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t know why people keep saying this. Fox missed two games Briscoe ran point in both of them and looked good.

      http://www.espn.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=400910673
      http://www.espn.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=400910655

      The pace is different but the ball still moved. Bam actually played better with Briscoe because he actually got hit on the roll.



    • JusSayin
      10:26 am May 12, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t know why people keep saying this. Fox missed two games Briscoe ran point in both of them and looked good.

      The pace is different but the ball still moved and we still scored just with longer possessions. Bam actually played better with Briscoe because he actually got hit on the roll.

      Not being as good as Fox or Ulis doesn’t make him bad. This logic though is the reason he had to leave.



  6. chrisg18
    8:57 am May 12, 2017 Permalink

    Wasn’t Briscoe the back up point guard both this year and last year? I think he had plenty of opportunities to play PG. Fox and Ulis even missed some time. By the end of the year Hawkins was a better point guard than Briscoe. That wasn’t Briscoe’s problem.



    • JusSayin
      10:23 am May 12, 2017 Permalink

      That is unequivocally false. Fox missed 2 games.

      The Georgia game where Briscoe had 23 points, 8 assists, and 11 rebounds.

      The Florida where Briscoe had 9 points (3/6 shooting) and 8 rebounds in only 26 minutes and held Kasey Hill to only 4 points.



    • blackmilk23
      10:30 am May 12, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t forget about the late game situations where Fox was out and Briscoe took over (Bama, Vandy, NKU)



  7. blackmilk23
    10:28 am May 12, 2017 Permalink

    So the 6’2 point guard got to play the 1 spot instead of the 3 spot and he looked good?

    Weird.