Let’s take a look far into the future. Kentucky has the ball down 1, less than 20 seconds to go. Who do you want to have the ball and take the last shot? Last year we were lucky to have Karl-Anthony Towns who could just take over a game (see: Notre Dame, Elite Eight). This year will be vastly different with a true small-ball lineup that Kentucky can use.
Personally, the ball should be in Isaiah Briscoe’s hands. Yes, Tyler Ulis is a better traditional point guard, but Briscoe might be the most dynamic and versatile offensive player on the roster. He played point guard at Roselle Catholic, so it’s not like he’s incapable of reading the defense and making the right pass if needed. But, he can score in the most amount of ways compared to anyone else on the roster.
His biggest knock coming in is he’s not a great outside shooter. Well, he won the BallisLife 3-point contest rather easily, so a defender will still have to respect his outside shot. He is known for being a strong and crafty finisher in the lane. He also provides a skill that we saw Andrew Harrison use against Notre Dame, by drawing fouls. Rob Harrington of Scout said the following:
“Briscoe’s talent for movement draws a lot of contact and bewilders shotblockers, who find that their efforts to time him frequently meet with failure.”
So, with that much time left, give the ball to Briscoe. Who do you think should have the ball?