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Isaiah Briscoe leaving Kentucky Wildcats to pursue professional goals

Sophomore guard the fourth player to announce early departure from UK.

Kentucky sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe has joined freshman teammates De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo in announcing his intention to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. 

Briscoe made his announcement on Thursday with a statement issued by UK.

“It was a dream to play in front of BBN and an honor to wear K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y across my chest," Briscoe said. "I'm ready for the next step and can't wait to begin the next journey.”

Briscoe plans to hire an agent, which would end his collegiate career. He also declared for the draft last season but did not hire an agent and elected to return for a second year with the Wildcats.

Players have until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23 to submit their names for the draft. They have until May 24 to pull out, provided they do not hire an agent. 

The 6-foot-3 New Jersey native averaged 10.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists during his two-year career with the Wildcats. He was the only SEC player to post at least 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists this season in addition to being one of the top defenders in the country. 

Briscoe became only the third player in UK basketball history to record a triple-double when he posted 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Wildcats' SEC opener against Ole Miss. 

“Isaiah is a winner,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “Physically and mentally, he’s a pit bull with skills with the ball. We averaged nearly 30 wins a season over the last two years, and Isaiah played a big part in all of them. Isaiah defends, he rebounds and he creates shots for others. I am so proud of his improvement over his time here and am looking forward to seeing his continued growth at the next level.”

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