Isaiah Briscoe is a 6’3” two hundred two pound Point Guard from Newark, New Jersey and a young player with natural leadership skills. Born just under twenty years ago on April 13, 1996, this dynamic and highly skilled performer played high school basketball for a team in Roselle, New Jersey. Actually, he played for Roselle Catholic High School, a squad that is a traditional powerhouse in “the Garden State.”
What is noteworthy about that is the fact that Isaiah Briscoe led his team to state titles in two consecutive years, 2014 and 2015. That was exceptional, even by the high standards of Roselle Catholic High School.
St. Johns University in Queens, New York recruited this budding superstar, but he chose the University of Kentucky when high profile Head Coach John Calipari personally visited him.
The University of Kentucky is a perennial power in college basketball. This school generally puts a Top Ten team on the hardwood. Its players are almost all highly recruited and former high school stars. Isaiah Briscoe certainly fits that profile.
As already noted, he led his high school team to state championships twice. What’s more, as a senior at the New Jersey school, Briscoe averaged a hefty twenty-one points per game in scoring, five rebounds per game and three assists per game.
Those numbers stood out “like a beacon on a dark night” and helped Briscoe to get noticed by college scouts and professional pundits. The result of all that exposure resulted in the nineteen year old being cited as one of the nation’s top point guards coming out of high school in 2015 by Scout.com and ESPN.
Isaiah Briscoe has also been named the Consensus Top Point Guard in 2015 by basketball rating services. And, as might be expected, he has received even more attention and “special notices.”
Isaiah Briscoe is, in 2015, a McDonalds All American and has been elected to the Parade Magazine All America First Team as well as USA Today’s All USA First Team. This exciting young player was also a member of FIBA USA’s U18 (under age 18) Championship team in 2014.
The recognition is merited, of course, because Isaiah Briscoe plays “winning basketball” and brings a variety of skills to the game every time he is on the floor. For instance, he has “great hands” and excels in ball control. He is also a prolific scorer from anywhere on the hardwood and a true “floor general.”
His high basketball IQ enables him to direct teammates on offense and defense, a rare quality that makes his presence in a game even more important. Add to all of that his ability to sink jumpers from mid-range and beyond the arc, strong defensive ability and the speed to run the fast break skillfully and it’s clear that Isaiah Briscoe is no ordinary player.
He has star quality and will be a high draft pick when he enters the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft a few years from now.
Courtesy of the New York Times