Isaiah Briscoe

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Isaiah Briscoe
Isaiah-Briscoe-2.jpg
Briscoe in Kentucky's 2016 Blue-White scrimmage
No. 13 – Orlando Magic
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1996-04-13) April 13, 1996 (age 22)
Union, New Jersey
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolRoselle Catholic (Roselle, New Jersey)
CollegeKentucky (2015–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Undrafted
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–2018Kalev
2018–presentOrlando Magic
2018Lakeland Magic
Career highlights and awards

Isaiah Briscoe (born April 13, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was ranked among the top point guards in the national class of 2015 by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN. He completed his senior year at Roselle Catholic High School in 2015, and then played two seasons of college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Early life and high school career[edit]

Briscoe in the 2015 McDonald's All-America game

Briscoe was born in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up in Newark until his later years when he moved to Union, New Jersey. His father, George Briscoe, is a hall of famer and former guard at Stockton State College, his sister, Iasia Hemingway, played at Syracuse University and his cousin, Kyrie Irving, is an NBA player.[1] When he was in seventh grade, he was not selected to an elite AAU team, which fueled his determination.[2] After his eighth-grade year at Kawameeh Middle School in Union, Briscoe repeated the grade at Good Shepherd Academy in Irvington.[3] He was invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy. Briscoe played well, using his body to get to the rim, he was advanced physically for his age. Briscoe was one of only three players from the 2015 class to be invited.[4] After the eighth grade, He attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School. He teamed with current Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Tyler Ennis, to lead the Gray Bees to the brink of an ESPN National High School Invitational championship. They lost on a last-second 3-pointer to Montverde Academy, 67-65. Briscoe had 11 points in the game. Isaiah averaged 15.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals his sophomore season for the 32-2 Gray Bees.[5] Briscoe transferred Roselle Catholic High School for his junior year, where he was coached by Dave Boff.[6] He led the team to state titles in 2014 and 2015.[2] As a senior, Briscoe averaged 21 points, five rebounds and three assists per game. He models his game after Deron Williams and Tyreke Evans.[6] Prior to his senior year, Briscoe led the AAU New Jersey Playaz to the championship at the 2014 Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina. He posted averages of 19.2 points and 5 assists over 23 total games in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in 2014. Isaiah finished as Rivals.com #10 nationally ranked player and the #1 point guard in the class of 2015.[7]

He committed to Kentucky on November 13, 2014 live on ESPNU, becoming the third highest ranked point guard that John Calipari signed at the school.[8] "(UK) puts me in the best position to play basketball after college," Briscoe said. "Calipari puts you on the highest stage. The last couple years, all his point guards have been in the NBA. I'm just trying to be the next one."[6] He chose Kentucky over St. John's. He was the nation's consensus top point guard, was ranked No. 13 overall player by ESPN and Scout, No. 10 by Rivals, and No. 12 by 24/7 Sports recruiting services.[9][10][11][12] He helped lead Team USA at the 2014 FIBA Americans U18 Championships to a gold medal.[13] He was a first-team Parade All-American in 2015. He was a McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit game selection.[14][15][16]

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Briscoe averaged 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. However, he struggled with his shooting particularly from outside, hitting only 14 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. Coming into his sophomore season, he worked as playing more of a point guard role.[17] He posted 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game as a sophomore.[18]

At the conclusion of his sophomore season, Briscoe announced that he would forgo his final two years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2017 NBA draft, becoming the fourth Kentucky Wildcat to do so.[19]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in 2017 NBA draft, Briscoe joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2017 NBA Summer League.[20] In six games for the 76ers, he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. On September 14, 2017, he signed a training camp contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.[21] He was waived by the Trail Blazers on October 13, 2017 after appearing in six preseason games.[22] Briscoe signed with Estonian club Kalev/Cramo. On February 16, 2018 Briscoe scored 50 points as he took home MVP honors at the Estonia/Latvia All Star Game. On June 9, 2018, Briscoe won the VTB United League Young Player of the Year award, given to the league's best player under age 23. In the 2017-18 season Briscoe averaged 18.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.6 steals in 26.7 minutes per game.

On July 6, 2018, Briscoe signed with the Orlando Magic.[23][24]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Kentucky 34 33 32.2 .439 .135 .460 5.3 3.1 1.0 .1 9.6
2016–17 Kentucky 36 36 30.4 .470 .288 .635 5.4 4.2 .8 .2 12.1
Career 70 69 31.3 .455 .229 .555 5.4 3.7 .9 .2 10.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iasia Hemingway's little brother -- Isaiah Briscoe -- visits SU tonight, plus other Orange women notes".
  2. ^ a b Jordan, Jason (April 1, 2015). "Isaiah Briscoe's on-court cockiness helps him consistently dominate". USA Today. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  3. ^ "Staying back to get ahead: High school basketball players are repeating grades to get an edge".
  4. ^ "LeBron James Skills Academy Notes".
  5. ^ http://zagsblog.com/articles/isaiah-briscoe-leaving-st-benedicts-prep/
  6. ^ a b c Jones, Steve (January 21, 2015). "Briscoe hopes to continue line of Calipari pros". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Logan, Glenn (13 November 2014). "Isaiah Briscoe, the #1 Point Guard in 2015, Commits to the Kentucky Wildcats over UConn, St. Johns".
  8. ^ "Kentucky gains 2015's top class". ESPN. November 13, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "2015 Basketball Recruiting Prospects".
  10. ^ "ESPN Basketball Recruiting - Player Rankings".
  11. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking - Class of 2015 Rivals150".
  12. ^ "2015 Top Basketball Recruits".
  13. ^ "Kentucky Adds Three for 2015". University of Kentucky. November 14, 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-04-12. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  14. ^ "UK signees Briscoe, Murray named McDonald's All-Americans". Lexington Herald-Leader. January 28, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  15. ^ "Four UK signees chosen to Jordan Brand Classic". The Courier-Journal. March 5, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  16. ^ "Boys Basketball: Roselle Catholic's Isaiah Briscoe named to Nike Hoops Summit roster".
  17. ^ Graves, Gary (June 16, 2016). "Kentucky basketball: Isaiah Briscoe looks to improve shooting, leadership". NCAA.com. Associated Press. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  18. ^ Camerato, Jessica (June 3, 2017). "Sixers' 1st pre-draft workouts include Philly native, plenty of guards". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  19. ^ Jeff Goodman (2017-04-06). "Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe declares for NBA draft". espn.com. Retrieved 2017-04-06.
  20. ^ Marcum, Jason (June 23, 2017). "Isaiah Briscoe joining 76ers for NBA Summer League". aseaofblue.com. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  21. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN ISAIAH BRISCOE". NBA.com. September 14, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  22. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS WAIVE BRISCOE, GOODWIN AND MORROW". NBA.com. October 13, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  23. ^ "RELEASE: Magic Sign Briscoe". Magic PR on Twitter. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  24. ^ "Magic Sign Isaiah Briscoe". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.

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