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UK makes Isaiah Briscoe’s return official

We’re all still reeling from Marcus Lee’s decision to transfer, but UK is doing its best to look on the bright side of things, sending out an official announcement that Isaiah Briscoe will return to school, complete with quotes from Briscoe and John Calipari.

“I really grew from this experience and I appreciate the opportunity to be evaluated by these NBA teams,” Briscoe said. “I also want to thank the coaching staff and the fans for their support during this time. The NBA is my ultimate goal, so I’m returning to build on last year. There’s no better place to grow as a player or to win a championship, and I want to do both.”

That last line certainly makes me happy. Briscoe averaged 9.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists last season, scoring in double figures in 18 games. He struggled with his shooting, but Calipari notes that he shot well during NBA workouts.

“After finishing up academically, Isaiah Briscoe used the new rules to the fullest by working out for eight different teams to get a true barometer on where he stands at this point in his career,” head coach John Calipari said. “I can tell you all the teams were impressed with him physically, defensively, his rebounding ability, his strength, his ball-handling ability and his basketball IQ. He shot the ball well at the NBA workouts but will look to continue to improve that to take the next step in his career. With that said, he’s pulling his name out of the draft and returning to Kentucky as the leading scorer and rebounder. Without his impact and competitive spirit, last year’s team would not have been nearly as successful. I fully expect him to come back and be a leader on and off the court for this young team. I’m excited to have him back.”

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15 Comments for UK makes Isaiah Briscoe’s return official



  1. Booby Petrino
    12:52 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    I think he came back because he has something to prove…to cats paw.



  2. Bobbum Man
    12:55 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    He’s returning to Kansas state?



  3. Bobbum Man
    12:55 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Seriously between our new secondary logo or whatever they call it and our new UK… Someone needs to be fired



  4. Pete
    12:55 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    We all know Briscoe will be 2nd string next year behind Fox/Monk.



    • GroundControlToNumber9
      6:26 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Pete – The people who value ‘starting’ over ‘contributing’ are ignorant by having no understanding of value.

      Kentucky will have 60 minutes to dish out in the 1 – 3 positions.

      A healthy fully in shape player shouldn’t play more than 25 – 32 minutes a game. This allows them to remain fresh throughout the season.

      With injury possibility always something to consider (and most players playing through minor injuries yet shouldn’t) the depth Kentucky has is a win-win for the team and the potential of heading back to the National Championship game again.

      So take your red and black back to the toilet bowl and keep scrubbin’.



    • Buster
      3:55 pm May 26, 2016 Permalink

      He’s going to be in the second wave for sure. No doubt about it…value or not.



  5. Blue Reality
    1:00 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    so with 11 “real” scholarship players….are there any juco’s or transfers that would fit in? This would keep us from only having 3 or 4 players left next year.



    • Kyblue34
      1:40 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      It’s likely that we won’t have any scholarship guards left at all, which is concerning. I wouldn’t mind getting a transfer, maybe even Thornton or Newman (if he will go to class) if for no other reason than to get some experienced depth. It’s not like we will be short on scholarships. Get one solid transfer to go along with 2-3 guard recruits. Will be interesting to see what Cal does, though.



  6. Luether
    2:13 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    A smart move by Briscoe…



  7. a21CATSfan
    2:48 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Looks like EJ and Jonny David will get scholarships now, as they are preferred walk-ons. Also looks like UK will have a core of Pulliam, Humphries, Wynyard, David, Calipari and possibly Killeya-Jones in 17-18.



  8. Sublem
    3:35 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    This makes me feel a lot better for next season



    • Angelo
      4:00 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      this makes me uneasy… i am afraid Cal will play him too much just like he did the twins after their return.



    • GroundControlToNumber9
      5:44 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      It’s on Isaiah to shoot at least 65% from the free throw line.

      If he doesn’t he’s liability on the court –> with the way he plays (as a slasher… his strength).

      There hasn’t been a guy at UK who could get to the rim with a chance of scoring like Isaiah in a long time (John Wall, Keith Bogans). But if you can’t make the freebies you might as well just throw the ball out of bounds.

      It always interesting to see the guys who are on the fence are there because they don’t accept the gaping holes in their game.

      Wiltjer (shoots the 3 but a C grade rebounder & matador like defense).

      Marcus Lee (no shot from 1′ to 23′ away from the basket… 40% free throws, & porous defense relying on shot block too much) there hasn’t been a kid at Kentucky like him so I won’t do a comparison.

      Isaiah Briscoe (great defender, great court awareness, good passer, will get to the rim, free throws go over the barn).

      Of all those guys I think Isaiah will find the solution. He wants it more and you can tell. He’s definitely not afraid of running into the fire (where talent is everywhere & you get to see your holes daily… but you have to work on them when they appear).



    • Sublem
      12:38 am May 26, 2016 Permalink

      You guys are ridiculous, we will have scorers on our team. Briscoe will be our facilitator and UK will do just fine.



  9. GroundControlToNumber9
    5:52 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Something to consider is the pressure these kids feel to be one and done. Isaiah can let go of that now… should pay huge dividends for him and his shot.

    Kentucky’s not a bad place to stay until your ready. (wink to the mf’in wink).