By LARRY VAUGHT
Chances are Isaiah Briscoe was watching the draft lottery selection order show Tuesday night. Odds are he also knows that to get into the lottery conversation next year he has to do one thing — make shots more consistently.
What will that take?
“Get in the gym. The greatest thing with shooting is that it’s kind of like ball handling,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.
Calipari said it was not like Briscoe didn’t work to try and improve his shot last season.
“But as you work, it’s kind of like a golf swing. In a golf swing, someone works with you and gives you a swing and you’re on the tee box. And you’re killing the ball, but it’s not your swing, it’s still that guy’s swing. And so it takes repetition before you own the shot, it’s your shot,” Calipari said.
“So if you look at a guy and you say, ‘Wow, he’s really reworked his shot,’ and it becomes his shot, usually that takes time. It’s not a month. It’s not two weeks. It’s not coming in at night for two months. That takes you eight, nine months, and then getting in games and building your self-esteem of ‘this is my shot and this will work, and if I miss it, I’m not reverting.’ ”
Briscoe has yet to say if he will keep his name in this year’s NBA draft, but few expect him to do so knowing he can return to Kentucky and hopefully dramatically improve his draft status with a better shooting percentage.