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Isaiah Briscoe leaving UK for NBA Draft

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After helping lead the Kentucky men’s basketball team to back-to-back Southeastern Conference championships (league and tournament) in 2016 and 2017, sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe has decided to enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. He plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK.

The NBA Draft is June 22.

“BBN, thank you to the greatest fans in the entire world,” Briscoe said. “Thank you to Coach Cal, Coach KP (Kenny Payne), Coach Tony (Barbee), Coach JJ (Joel Justus), Coach Robes (John Robic), and (strength and conditioning coach) Rob (Harris). You helped me develop my game on the court and helped me grow as a man off the court.

Isaiah Briscoe: “It’s a lot on my plate, but I asked to eat.”

Isaiah Briscoe was surrounded by media members Friday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe was surrounded by media members Friday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After Kentucky lost to UCLA a week ago in Rupp Arena, coach John Calipari had sophomore Isaiah Briscoe come into his office.

“He just told me like, ‘What happened today? You weren’t yourself. I didn’t see the energy or anything like that.’ Me, being the leader of the team, I had to accept it. I told him, ‘Yeah, I didn’t bring energy.’ I felt like that one was on me,” Briscoe said Friday.

Calipari, Fox not worried about his outside shooting

De'Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

De’Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox has made “great strides” for coach John Calipari even though he’s playing faster than he ever has.

“Sometimes decision making – running faster than he’s ever ran in his life, which means his mind is moving fast at times. But there are things that he does that I can’t teach. He’s special. He is. How he plays on the ball, how he plays in pick-and-roll defense, I mean, wow. It’s not like we have taught that a whole lot; he just gets after it. He’s long. A big guard,” Calipari said Tuesday before UK practiced for today’s game with Cleveland State.

Monk, Briscoe lead UK beatdown of Michigan State

By LARRY VAUGHT

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo — and probably a lot of other college basketball coaches — wanted to see if Kentucky could make outside shots.

Well, Izzo and others, including about 100 NBA scouts, learned one thing Tuesday night when UK beat Michigan State 69-48 in the Champions Classic in New York’s Madison Square Garden. On a given night, freshman Malik Monk can make a bunch of them.

He was only 3-for-12 from 3-point range in UK’s first two games but he made SEVEN three-pointers, including four in the first half, and finished with a career-high 23 points. He was 8-for-17 overall from the field.

De’Aaron Fox on Isaiah Briscoe: “He just took over.”

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon, a former Alabama assistant, said it was easy to tell Sunday night that Isaiah Briscoe was a veteran player.

“Overall, what stood out was that he was physical and his aggressiveness. So, I thought his poise while he did that … Sometimes, you know, it’s difficult to arrive at that kind of balance where you’re aggressive, you’re physical, but you’re still poised and I thought he played that way for them,” Witherspoon said.

Briscoe had a career-high 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in Sunday’s 93-69 win over Canisius.

Calipari worries he has overscheduled

Sacha Killeya-Jones (Vicky Graff Photo)

Sacha Killeya-Jones (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky starts regular season play tonight against Stephen F. Austin, a team that has experienced recent NCAA Tournament success.

Kentucky coach John Calipari admits he probably did “overschedule” considering the youth he has on this team. Kentucky plays Michigan State Tuesday and will face UCLA, Arizona State, North Carolina and Louisville before starting conference play.

Four Wildcats Named Preseason All-SEC by League Coaches

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On the eve of the college basketball season’s opening night, four Kentucky Wildcats were tabbed to the Southeastern Conference coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams on Thursday. Freshmen Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox were named to the first team, while sophomore Isaiah Briscoe and freshman Malik Monk earned second-team honors.

The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC head men’s basketball coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

Briscoe Named to Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

BOSTON, Mass. – Kentucky sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe was tabbed to the Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List on Monday. The award is given annually to the top Division I player with at least two years of collegiate experience.

The recipient of the 2017 Lute Olson Award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet on April 31 in Phoenix, site of the 2017 Final Four.

Calipari has to figure out best way to use guards

De'Arron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

De’Arron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Trying to figure out the best way to use guards Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox together will be one of the early challenges for coach John Calipari.

All three have to play. Along with Bam Adebayo, they are UK’s best four players and Calipari is not going to keep one on the bench with him.

“We haven’t played them all together. 

Had a great meeting with those three today,” Calipari said after Friday’s Blue-White Game. “We got a lot to figure out. It’s going to be organic, as it always is here. We got to figure out different rotations, who plays better with whom.

Briscoe embraces challenge to improve accuracy

Isaiah Briscoe knows he can be a more accurate shooter. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe knows he can be a more accurate shooter. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had trouble making 3-point shots and free throws last season. He did everything else well, but had problems with his shot.

“Give me some time,” said Briscoe.

He’s spent enormous hours in the gym during the offseason working to improve his accuracy. He also understands why he will keep getting asked about his shot until the season starts.

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