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Isaiah Briscoe Has to Keep Shooting

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There’s been a decent amount of talk since Saturday about the amount of jump shots Isaiah Briscoe took against Texas A&M. Yes, he’s struggled shooting the ball this year (went 5-12 on Saturday), but he has to keep shooting those jumpers.

Teams are completely playing off of Briscoe, daring him to shoot. Now, I’m in no way saying he should be jacking a 3 each time he catches the ball, but if it’s in rotation, he needs to go up with the shot. He can get streaky – remember, he did win the Ball is Life 3-point contest.

More importantly now if Willis is out for any period of time, his shooting and spacing will have to be made up elsewhere. If Briscoe can make just one team pay for completely ignoring him on the offensive side of the ball, the scouting report will start to change.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

30 Comments for Isaiah Briscoe Has to Keep Shooting

  1. Booby Petrino
    11:32 am February 23, 2016 Permalink

    cats paw isn’t going to like this post.

    • cats paw
      2:19 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      agreed! and he’s due for a good shooting night to which everyone will say how wrong i was. and then he will drag the team down the rest of the year.

    • J-Dub421
      3:01 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Yes, Briscoe’s slashing ability, great defense and rebounding will surely drag our team down this year. <–sarcasm

  2. deltasig41
    12:00 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t necessarily think Briscoe shooting is the problem…The problem is he tends to take bad shots. He may be wide open (and for good reason), but he takes more 19 foot jumpers than any player I’ve ever seen. He has plenty of space to dribble and shoot a 12-15 foot pullup in rhythm, which has a much higher chance of going in, he just rarely seems to do it. I think his percentage would increase if he’d simply do that, instead of settling for the 19-foot 2-pointer (worst shot in basketball).

    • The Rest of the story
      12:48 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      I agree he needs to be shooting mid range shots no further out than 15 ft. If he can hit those with regularity he becomes someone that has to be seriously guarded and helps the team the best way.

    • J-Dub421
      2:52 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      If Murray can improve his shot selection like he has, then so can Briscoe.

  3. LongTimeReader
    12:03 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    The only two point shot Briscoe should take is a layup, anything other than that is a bad shot of UK’s offense; Matt Jones said the same thing yesterday on the radio.

    If he’s going to shoot a jumper, it needs to be a 3 point shot. A layup or 3 pointer and that is it.

    • cats paw
      2:20 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      the only shot he needs to attempt is in the pre game lay up lines!

  4. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    12:07 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    If Hawkins could drive as well as Briscoe this wouldn’t even be a talking point because Hawkins would/should take Briscoe’s time. That being said, I hope Briscoe does take some advisable shots.

  5. bigbluebg
    12:13 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    Agree with deltasig41.
    He seems to constantly take long jumpers from the extended elbow (of the paint) down to the baseline. I don’t understand why he (and most players today) don’t dribble in a few feet to where he would have a nice angle, pull up, and shoot a bank shot.
    No one can say anything bad about this kid, he has handled himself well on and off the court (even when asked questions purposely aimed at upsetting him *cough Jerry Tipton*). He plays hard with effort and heart, but dear tiny infant baby jesus in a manger he cannot shoot outside of 5 feet.

  6. claiborne_field
    12:17 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    Obviously, wasted possessions are a terrible idea. That’s what you get with Briscoe shooting the ball. And he is not the answer to the ‘spacing’ Willis brings to the game…

    • Megan
      12:23 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Compare Briscoe’s 7 “wasted possessions” to Murray’s 10.

    • claiborne_field
      12:47 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      I see a difference of 3 with Murray having almost double the points. No way the two can be comparable in offensive production. I’m not saying Briscoe isn’t valuable. He is- defense, rebounding, slashing ability, etc. Just don’t shoot the ball.

  7. Megan
    12:17 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    If Briscoe struggled going 5 for 12 from the floor, Murray’s 6 for 16 was worse. He took the most shots and made the lowest percentage (if you don’t count the very few shots from Willis). That’s a bad combination. He did shoot 40 percent from the arc (Briscoe made his only attempt), but he shot only 2 of 6 from two-point range. Again, worse than Briscoe. But no one’s dumping on Murray. We love Murray. It’s Briscoe who gets the heat.

  8. secrick
    12:24 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    He needs to keep shooting if he is open. Just because Matt said he shouldn’t shoot doesn’t mean he shouldn’t longtimereader and just because i said he should doesn’t mean anything either.

  9. yarg
    12:29 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    I wonder if he’s missing shots he has time to think about. When he shoots a quick or step back mid-range jumper, he’s shown he can knock it down, but thinking about last game, he had wide open looks from the elbow and bricked them terribly. And his shots with a foot on the 3-point line may just be a bit out of his range(and incredibly frustrating) while also giving him time to overthink. So maybe that’s part of his issue when you combine the above with his free throw shooting.

  10. CEO_UlisFanClub
    12:30 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    Please only shoot layups. I would much rather Briscoe not take away a possible shot from Murray or Ulis or Willis or (insert almost any name on the team), and then just deal with teams laying off him outside. He seems to be doing fine so far just driving, which is his strength. His shot needs to be developed over the summer and during practices to prepare for the NBA, not to be tooled with during the heat of the season. Just my two cents.

  11. The Rest of the story
    12:55 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    Anyone wanting Hawkins in place of Brisco does not see the whole picture. Hawkins is a terrific on ball defender and a streaky shooter. Briscoe is a terrific on ball defender with a big build and may be one of the best 6’3 rebounders ever at UK. He gives other teams trouble on drives and can guard bigger guys better than Hawkins.

    • secrick
      1:02 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      What restofthestory said. I agree

    • cats paw
      2:23 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      why are you only looking at a guard to replace him?? how much more defense and rebounding would we have with Lee in the line up full time????

    • J-Dub421
      2:57 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Lee can’t play more than he does because he can’t stay out of foul trouble.

    • The Rest of the story
      3:08 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Thank you J-Dub also Lee is a dunker only so he does not give us much offensively.

  12. B-Rad
    1:03 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    Briscoe’s problem is confidence. None of his jumpers are in rhythm because he hesitates. If he caught the ball ready to shoot, his percentage would be much better. But he catches the ball looking to drive first. Defenses know that so they sag off him. That makes him stop, look to pass, then realize he’s open for the shot. The 3 he hit the other day was a perfect example of him catching ready to shoot, and that in rhythm shot looked good. The only difference between his good shots and his bad ones is that hesitation in his mind.
    Cal saw early on that Briscoe’s strength was his driving ability, so pre-season and pre-conference he didn’t want Briscoe shooting jumpers. That has set back his development because he’s now afraid to shoot it. And on top of that, the other cats on the floor aren’t ready to get rebounding position because it almost surprises them too when he does shoot.
    But another big reason Briscoe shouldn’t take as many shots is because he’s our best rebounding guard.

  13. Mc12
    1:22 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    If they play off of you, that gives you more separation to get more speed driving at them. I think Briscoe should give Rondo a call.

    • deltasig41
      1:58 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      It also gives the defense ample time to recover and cut off the drive (which they’ve been doing to Briscoe, especially when Willis is out of the game). All the more reason for him to shoot mid-range pull up jumpers, or develop a floater. Anything but perimeter jumpshots.

    • Mc12
      3:24 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      If he’s assertive he should be able to get where he wants to go regardless. Assuming he doesn’t charge forward, and can actually maneuver when he drives. The d will not be in great defensive position and will foul more often than not. If he can’t do this, he’s going to have a tough time in the league.

      Obviously Briscoe’s game is better with Willis in because other teams can’t simply extend out on Ulis and Murray and pack it in giving him easier driving lanes.

      It’s also interesting seeing him on the block during foul shots because the bigs get pushed around easily.

  14. Leroy Bird - 00
    1:42 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    Briscoe should not be shooting more – his ability to get past defenders is a key asset. if the defense is closing that off by playing well off him it would seem he could get closer to the basket before getting the ball; not necessarily “posting people up”, but catching the ball in rhythm close to the paint.

    I wouldn’t mind him posting up guards either with his strength and creativity around the basket.

    Long story short – lots of ways to use Briscoe effectively – encouraging more jump shots is not one of them.

  15. 2thepoint
    2:23 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

    Maybe set some screens where he knows he is supposed to shoot would relax him a bit.

  16. PillsburyThrowboy
    2:34 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink


    He should NEVER shoot the ball outside of 5 ft. FIVE FEET.

    He is a penetrating point guard who can’t shoot the ball if his life depended on it.

    He should be benched if he shoots outside of 5 ft.

    • The Rest of the story
      3:08 pm February 23, 2016 Permalink

      Idiot alert, idiot alert!!!