After telling ESPNU that he was going to wait until the spring to sign his letter of intent, it appears that Isaiah Briscoe decided to go ahead and do it. UK just sent out a release announcing that Charles Matthews, Skal Labissiere, and Isaiah Briscoe have all signed their letters of intent.
“All three of these players had dreams to play at Kentucky,” Calipari said. “Those dreams are now a reality. We didn’t have to beg any of them. They wanted to be here. They are all different, yet collectively they will complement each other nicely. It’s a great start to what could be a super class again.”
Here are his comments about each:
Cal on Briscoe:
“Isaiah is a multidimensional guard who can play both the one and the two,” Calipari said. “He’s a big, strong guard with great ball skills that are beyond the norm. He can score the ball at will, but he’s an unselfish player who makes plays for his teammates. That’s why guys love playing with him and why he’s such a great teammate. An importance piece on USA Basketball’s U18 gold medal team, it’s clear he’s one of the best guards in the country.”
Cal on Skal:
“Skal is in the same mold of Marcus Camby and Anthony Davis because he went from 6-2 to 6-11 and he has guard skills,” Calipari said. “He’s a talented two-way player from Haiti with long arms that have helped him both offensively and defensively. What really drew us to Skal is he’s a high-character kid with a 3.5 grade-point average who wants to get better. Going forward, we’ve got to get Skal’s post game to match his perimeter game.”
Cal on Charles Matthews:
“I first fell in love with Charles when I saw him playing with Tyler Ulis,” Calipari said. “What stuck out to me about him is he’s a great finisher who can get to the basket. Not only can Charles create shots for himself, he can create them for his teammates as well. He’s a 6-5 wing player with a lot of athleticism and is already an excellent defender. He’s a quality kid, a great student and he’s going to end up being a great player.”
According to Steve Jones, a UK spokeswoman says she cannot confirm if Briscoe signed a binding letter of intent or some other kind of paperwork, just that he signed.
UPDATE: Sources tell Adam Zagoria that Briscoe did indeed sign a letter of intent with UK today. Well, alright.