With the way John Calipari recruits at Kentucky there seems to always be one big recruit who becomes overlooked because of the other names joining him in Lexington. This year it very well could be Isaiah Briscoe who was a McDonald’s All-American but seems to have been forgotten about because of the signings of Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere.
So, what do we know about Briscoe outside the fact he’s from New Jersey and is a heckuva talent. I caught up over the weekend with a local high school basketball coach from New Jersey who coached against Briscoe the last couple of years.
I asked him for a scouting report as an opposing coach on Briscoe’s game. The following is his response:
“He wants to be the man. All the time. As an opposing coach you don’t want the ball in his hands, especially in full court and you need to be physical with him. He likes making hard shots to be the man so try to stop him 12-15 feet out and don’t let him throw the lob to the rim. Make him shoot the runner instead. While he can get cocky and frustrated at times, he thrives off the attention. Most importantly, he controls the game offensively.”
The two biggest parts I took away from his scouting report was how he excels at throwing the lob to the rim and how he wants to be the man all the time. Both of those things will make him great at Kentucky. Obviously, we know how much Calipari loves to throw the lob and having another guard able to make that pass will make life easy for Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress and Skal.
Sure, some people might see wanting to be the man as a negative, but when playing basketball at Kentucky you need to have that mindset. You need to want to show up other fans and not be afraid of the moment. It also tells me that when Kentucky needs to get a bucket late in the game, look for Briscoe to get the ball in his hands. He wants to be in the moment, which every team needs to have.