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Isaiah Briscoe to decide next week (most likely); Kentucky + St. John's in the lead?

Briscoe recruitment coming to an end. We think.


We may finally find out where Isaiah Briscoe will be playing basketball next fall. According to Adam Zagoria of's report yesterday, Briscoe will announce his decision next week on an ESPN channel.

[Briscoe] is expected to announce his decision as early as next week on the ESPN family of networks.

"When I go home this weekend and I sit down with him, I’m hoping we can wrap this up during the period that’s coming up," George Briscoe, who works in Washington, D.C., during the week, told Thursday morning.

Or, not?

It seems that the venue may not be set, but look for Briscoe's recruitment to end next week.

It appears that Briscoe is down to Kentucky and St. John's. Although UConn still remains a dark horse candidate.

St. John's had looked like the favorite to land Briscoe, but a late charge from John Calipari and Kentucky has tightened the race. Isaiah Briscoe would obviously be a huge get for St. John's. His signing would bring some prestige to the program and may lead to other top prospects choosing St. John's.

Kentucky has the pedigree of being a stop-over school for NBA players, but St. John's fans should know that the Red Storm program still has a lot to offer Briscoe.

If Briscoe attends St. John's he will not have to fight for playing time or shots; the Red Storm's backcourt of D`Angelo Harrison, Phil Greene IV, Rysheed Jordan and Jamal Branch will likely all leave next season, with three being seniors and Jordan with his eyes on the next level. An open roster gives a player like Briscoe the ability to showcase his skills and improve his draft stock.

In addition, Queens is a lot closer to New Jersey than Lexington. Isaiah Briscoe's father, George, has spoken a lot about the possibility of Briscoe playing at a local school. In an interview back in March, George Briscoe expressed a desire for his son to stay on the east coast.

"Personally, I'd like for him to stay home and build the Metro area," Briscoe said then. "New Jersey or New York."

Ultimately, Isaiah Briscoe's decision will come down to joining a proven power or bringing a former one back to glory. Next week we will find out his much anticipated decision.