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Update on Isaiah Briscoe, as told by George Briscoe, his father

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Isaiah Briscoe did not receive an offer to the NBA combine, which, as John Calipari said when he announced his entire team would declare, means Briscoe is coming back to school.

But not just yet. Briscoe will wait it out as he hopes for a spot to open up at the combine — he is on the alternate list — and go through private workouts with NBA teams. He has until May 25 to announce his return to school.

Briscoe’s father, George Briscoe, is happy with whatever comes of the final decision. The elder Briscoe told The Courier-Journal“I love Kentucky. (Isaiah)’s really grown as a person, so I’m OK either way.”

If there is a sophomore season in Lexington, Isaiah plans to show off more of an offensive game, the one he lost somewhere in the transition from high school to college. George Briscoe knows it is in his son, and together they are working to regain that confidence this offseason.

“You don’t go from five months ago being a dominant scoring guard to going to school and not being able to perform, so I’ve got to get his confidence back,” he said.

It’s looking very unlikely Isaiah will hear his named called in the first round on draft night, if we’re to believe the current mock drafts. The one-time projected top-20 pick has fallen off draft boards and sits way down at No. 71 in Chad Ford’s Top 100. It’ll take some serious interest from a team in need of a guard who can’t shoot to keep him in the draft.

But, ya never know.

The Courier Journal | UK’s Briscoe, Lee still in wait-and-see mode on NBA

Article written by Drew Franklin

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5 Comments for Update on Isaiah Briscoe, as told by George Briscoe, his father

  1. deltasig41
    5:33 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    I would love for Isaiah to come back to school. Say what you will about his inability to shoot…It definitely hurt us at times throughout the season. But, that being said, his intensity on the defensive end, rebounding, and motor more than made up for it, in my opinion. He would certainly bring some much-needed leadership to the table for a young squad, and give us a more than capable point guard option if Fox struggles early or gets into foul trouble. As far as basketball skills are concerned, a jump shot is one of the easiest to develop if he puts in the time. If he does, his ability to get to the rim will make him virtually unguardable.

    • DelrayCat
      6:18 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

      Briscoe is as good a jump shooter as Fox is. Neither are very good. But the free throw shooting is most concerning. Free Throws are not contested jump shots. They are fundamentally made through repetition and practice. Clearly not Briscoe’s strong suit. As hard as he goes to the rim, this guy needs to be at least 75% FT shooter…not 45.

    • DelrayCat
      6:27 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

      Interestingly enough…I just checked Only two guys who play sizable minutes IN THE ENTIRE NBA have a lower FT percentage than Briscoe. Drummond and Deandre Jordan. Thats it.

      Funny thing is two other UK guys are at the bottom of the list, granted with minimal attempts..but still there. James Young at 33% lowest in the NBA…and Aaron Harrison at 41.7%.

      So is this a Calipari thing?

  2. Loother
    5:39 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    Briscoe should stay in school. His time will come but it’s not now…

  3. Chaz
    5:54 pm May 4, 2016 Permalink

    Come back to your second home for another year Isaiah. You’re a year up on the incoming class and you’ll get the PT. This is not the year for the NBA. Let’s make Isaiah score again.