It has been a wild and productive summer for the coveted New Jersey high school guard, Isaiah Briscoe.
Briscoe, the 6-foot-3 rising star, started the summer off with a bang, when he and the USA U-18 team won gold at the FIBA Americas Championship. Now his summer ends with similar flair, with Briscoe's invitation to play with some of the nation’s top high school prospects in this weekend’s Under Armour Elite 24 event in Brooklyn. Yet, unfortunately due to injury, he didn't compete in Saturday's game.
In its nine previous installments, the Under Armour showcase has displayed 40 NBA first round draft picks and three number one overall picks, including Kyrie Irving and John Wall. Despite being sidelined with an injury, Briscoe was excited to be taking part in the weekend’s festivities, referring to it as an "unbelievable opportunity."
As the summer reaches its end, many anticipate the the recruitment for Briscoe to ramp up. However, Briscoe told Rumble in the Garden that his decision will not come until the spring.
Earlier this month, Briscoe cut his list to five schools, knocking UConn and Louisville from his original seven. Arizona, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova remain in the running for one of the top guards in the 2015 class.
Arizona, originally thought to be favorites to land Briscoe, is now viewed by some as a long shot due to their recent signing of guard Allonzo Trier. The local programs have appeared to have taken the lead in the race for the New Jersey guard. Briscoe told Rumble in the Garden that he plans to visit all of these schools before making a final decision.
According to reports, St. John’s may have taken the lead as the favorite to land the guard from Roselle Catholic High School. The idea of playing for Steve Lavin is definitely something Briscoe has already entertained. Briscoe said that he has watched St. John’s in the past and sees himself as a fit in Coach Lavin’s up-tempo system.
Briscoe also believes that he and Rysheed Jordan would be an exciting backcourt tandem if Jordan decides to stay for his junior year in 2015-16. Another factor that may sway the rising star towards the Red Storm is one of Lavin's heftiest recruiting tools - a chance of one day calling Madison Square Garden home.
"It would mean a lot to play [at the Garden]," Briscoe said. "My family and all the little kids would be able to watch me play. It would be great."
When asked what the biggest factor in his decision will be, he said: "I want go to a place where I will be able to play my game." Briscoe said that the best facet of his game is his ability to "run the team," but he believes that he has all the tools of a top point guard.
St. John's positioning for eventually landing Briscoe may seem solid now, but a lot can still happen between now and signing day. The Rumble will continue to monitor Briscoe's recruitment.sit