Isaiah Briscoe

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Isaiah Briscoe
Briscoe in Kentucky's 2016 Blue-White scrimmage
Free agent
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born (1996-04-13) April 13, 1996 (age 27)
Newark, New Jersey
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
2017–2018BC Kalev/Cramo
2018–2019Orlando Magic
2018Lakeland Magic
2019–2020ratiopharm Ulm
2020King Szczecin
20212022Iowa Wolves
Career highlights and awards
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Men's basketball
Representing the  United States
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2014 United States National team

Isaiah Jamal Briscoe (born April 13, 1996) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G League. He was ranked among the top point guards in the national class of 2015 by, 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 Fenerbahçe Basketball 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 to 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] scoring 27 points in his final high school game to lead Roselle Catholic to a win in the state's overall Tournament of Champions.[7] 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 (EYBL) in 2014. Isaiah finished as #10 nationally ranked player and the #1 point guard in the class of 2015.[8]

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.[9] "(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.[10][11][12][13] He helped lead Team USA at the 2014 FIBA Americans U18 Championships to a gold medal.[14] 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.[15][16][17]

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.[18] He posted 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game as a sophomore.[19]

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.[20]

Professional career[edit]

Kalev/Cramo (2017–2018)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft, Briscoe joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2017 NBA Summer League.[21] 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.[22] He was waived by the Trail Blazers on October 13, 2017 after appearing in six preseason games.[23] 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.

Orlando Magic (2018–2019)[edit]

On July 6, 2018, Briscoe signed with the Orlando Magic.[24][25] He made his NBA debut on October 19, 2018, recording 10 points and 3 assists off the bench in a 88–120 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.[26] On April 4, 2019, Briscoe was waived by the Orlando Magic.[27]

ratiopharm Ulm (2019–2020)[edit]

On October 25, 2019, ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) announced that Briscoe had signed with them.[28] He averaged 7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the team.[29]

King Szczecin (2020)[edit]

On February 1, 2020, he has signed with King Szczecin of the PLK.[30] He played in three games for the team (averaging 15.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game) before the season was shortened due to COVID-19 outbreak.[31]

Iowa Wolves (2021–2022)[edit]

On October 26, 2021, Briscoe signed with the Iowa Wolves.[32]

Career statistics[edit]

  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


Regular season[edit]

2018–19 Orlando 39 0 14.3 .399 .324 .577 1.9 2.2 .3 .1 3.5
Career 39 0 14.3 .399 .324 .577 1.9 2.2 .3 .1 3.5


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


  1. ^ "Iasia Hemingway's little brother – Isaiah Briscoe – visits SU tonight, plus other Orange women notes". October 15, 2011.
  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. ^ "Isaiah Briscoe Leaving St. Benedict's Prep (UPDATED)". June 12, 2013.
  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. ^ Dzenis, Brian. "Roselle Catholic takes TOC title over Pope John", The Trentonian, March 23, 2015. Accessed November 27, 2020. "This year’s Tournament of Champions ended the way most of these games have ended at this stage of the postseason: on an anticlimactic note. Roselle Catholic didn’t have its best game, but the effort was enough to beat Pope John, 57–45, Monday night at Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center. In the matchup between Kentucky-bound Isaiah Briscoe and Moustapha Diagne, who will be a future teammate of TCA’s Malachai Richardson at Syracuse, Briscoe showed why he caught the eye of John Calipari. He led Roselle with 27 points on the final night of his high school career."
  8. ^ Logan, Glenn (November 13, 2014). "Isaiah Briscoe, the #1 Point Guard in 2015, Commits to the Kentucky Wildcats over UConn, St. Johns".
  9. ^ "Kentucky gains 2015's top class". ESPN. November 13, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  10. ^ "2015 Basketball Recruiting Prospects". Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
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  12. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Ranking – Class of 2015 Rivals150".
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  14. ^ "Kentucky Adds Three for 2015". University of Kentucky. November 14, 2014. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  15. ^ "UK signees Briscoe, Murray named McDonald's All-Americans". Lexington Herald-Leader. January 28, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  16. ^ "Four UK signees chosen to Jordan Brand Classic". The Courier-Journal. March 5, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  17. ^ "Boys Basketball: Roselle Catholic's Isaiah Briscoe named to Nike Hoops Summit roster". February 2, 2015.
  18. ^ Graves, Gary (June 16, 2016). "Kentucky basketball: Isaiah Briscoe looks to improve shooting, leadership". Associated Press. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  19. ^ Camerato, Jessica (June 3, 2017). "Sixers' 1st pre-draft workouts include Philly native, plenty of guards". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  20. ^ Jeff Goodman (April 6, 2017). "Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe declares for NBA draft". Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  21. ^ Marcum, Jason (June 23, 2017). "Isaiah Briscoe joining 76ers for NBA Summer League". Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  22. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN ISAIAH BRISCOE". September 14, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  23. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS WAIVE BRISCOE, GOODWIN AND MORROW". October 13, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  24. ^ "RELEASE: Magic Sign Briscoe". Magic PR on Twitter. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  25. ^ "Magic Sign Isaiah Briscoe". July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  26. ^ "Hornets vs. Magic Box Score". ESPN. October 19, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  27. ^ "Magic Sign Carter-Williams for Rest of Season Orlando waives Briscoe". April 4, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  28. ^ "Hilfe aus der NBA Der 23-jährige Isaiah Briscoe soll ratiopharm ulm über den Ausfall von Tyler Harvey hinweghelfen". (in German). October 25, 2019. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  29. ^ Varney, Dennis (March 26, 2020). "Catch up with 36 ex-Cats playing pro basketball in leagues outside the NBA". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  30. ^ "Isaiah Briscoe signs with King Szczecin". Sportando. February 1, 2020. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  31. ^ "Isaiah Briscoe". Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  32. ^ "Iowa Wolves Announce Training Camp Roster and Finalize Coaching Staff". October 26, 2021. Retrieved November 2, 2021.

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