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.”