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Briscoe accepted role last year, expects to have ball more next season

Kentucky coach Kenny Payne walks off the court with Isaiah Briscoe. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky coach Kenny Payne walks off the court with Isaiah Briscoe. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Isaiah Briscoe expects to have the ball in his hands more during his sophomore season and for the first time admitted that the switch from point guard to wing player last year was harder than he let on during the season.

“It was difficult. You know, it was a struggle for me in the beginning. I had to get used to it,” Briscoe said.

“Not too many people can do it. But, I accepted the role. And, as a winner, I just want to do whatever it takes for my team to win. They needed me to play defense and grab rebounds and that’s exactly what I did.”

Briscoe worked out with six NBA teams before deciding to return to Kentucky after a conversation with assistant coach Kenny Payne.

“In a way it was kind of hard just because I was doing so well in the workouts, but I think that the conversation me and KP had brought everything to the light, and it made it more obvious that it was good for me to come back to school,” Briscoe said.

What did Payne tell him?

“Mostly what he was talking about was security and I guess that’s with me like going in the first round, you know the security. And, it made a lot of sense and I want to feel secure. And, what he was saying was, by this time next year you should only want to focus on getting better,” Payne said.

“You don’t want to worry about getting a guaranteed contract like that or anything. So, I think that played a key role into me coming back to school.”

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  1. KingGhidora

    I hope it works out for him but there are some very talented kids coming in who play the back court. Briscoe played essentially a wing last year or really the role of what Joe B would have called a swingman. The thing is he absolutely must shoot better than 13% from behind the arc to really make a difference the way we all hope he does.

  2. LarryC

    King I agree…Isaiah is Strong, he’s quick, he crafty and he’s big…He gets his shooting game going, he’s a lock to start. IMO….remember, he was a Freshman, playing a role last year…This growing experience couple with The NBA Combine, will do wonders for him.

  3. TrueBlueJohn

    I love Briscoe’s game, tough defense, finishing strong at the rim, rebounding, drawing fouls, etc.. However, it is evident to everyone that in order to become a first-round pick this year, he must develop a reliable shot. He showed signs of that at the end of last season. The other thing is that it doesn’t do the team any good to draw fouls if you can’t hit free-throws. He must become a 70 plus % foul shooter. How many games did Ulis and Murray ice by hitting their free-throws at the end of games? I think he can do it, and if he does, watch out.

  4. LarryC

    Right On, True Blue !

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