Isaiah Briscoe, the dynamic combo guard from New Jersey's Roselle Catholic and the NJ Playaz in AAU ball, will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks after suffering a fracture in his foot during the Las Vegas Fab 48.
Briscoe is one of many impressing guard prospects St. John's - and many other college basketball programs - have targeted to be members of the next recruiting class in 2015. Isaiah Briscoe is talented enough that he needed no further showcases - especially after dominating the Nike Peach Jam last month with many coaches watching live or on ESPN, but an injury is still and unwanted break in his summer.
According to coaches polled by Scout Hoops' Evan Daniels, Briscoe was fourth on the list of players coaches felt was the best player they had seen in July. (For what it's worth.)
Briscoe, a crafty guard able to finish at many different angles, has narrowed his list to seven schools. His father, George, says he is likely to stay local, meaning that Seton Hall (with his friend Isaiah Whitehead), Rutgers, and St. John's all have a chance to land Briscoe. If not them, it's "one or two schools," says his father; the smart money, if you're a bettor, would be on Arizona being one of those schools.
And remember, Briscoe's father had warm words about Steve Lavin and the St. John's program, and why playing for the Red Storm would be appealing.
"You got Lavin, you got New York waiting for a winner, you got Isaiah Briscoe who’s big in New York but lives in New Jersey, and you got the whole backcourt leaving," George Briscoe said. "You’re playing at the Garden. That’s appealing. I don’t care what anybody says. That’s very appealing to be right there in New York."
Gratuitous Isaiah Briscoe videos
Also, Briscoe has a video series filmed by Jamie Boyer called "Boogie's World" (Boogie is Isaiah Briscoe's nickname + part of his twitter handle):
And for the basic game highlights, showing Briscoe's versatility:
Donovan Mitchell cuts list
With visits slated for Villanova and Louisville in a summer where the 6'3" guard gained much notice, Donovan Mitchell has taken stock of his options and reduced his consideration list to ten - which does not include St. John's, who showed solid interest in the Brewster Academy guard (and New York native) late.
Louisville, Kansas, North Carolina, and Indiana are involved, as well as eastern schools Providence, Villanova, Georgetown and Boston College. Creighton is also on his list of ten.
For more on Mitchell, read the NBC Sports profile.