Briscoe ready to cut list; Cards in the mix

Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe is a top target in the Class of 2015 for the University of Louisville. Briscoe is playing with the USA Basketball U-18 team right now and then will narrow his list of colleges to eight.

Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe said last week that he's still enjoying the recruiting process, noting it "gets hectic."

But the 6-foot-1 Briscoe said he is still "enjoying," the process and trying to take it all in with a "whole lot" of schools after him.

"It's good," Briscoe said. "It;s what I have worked for and I am just trying to enjoy it. I will cut my list (to eight) soon."

Briscoe said that "soon" would likely be when he returns from his stint with the USA Basketball U-18 team. He made the team last week and will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which begins tomorrow with the team.

It's exciting to be part of this," Briscoe said during the tryouts. "Any time you can play with a chance to represent your country it's a pretty good feeling as player. Plus, it's playing against the best competition."

Briscoe is considered among that elite level of competition. He's ranked as the No. 16 player in the Class of 2015 by and checks in as a the No. 3 shooting guard.

And a lot of schools will be watching closely as he narrows his list soon.

"I'm just trying to find the right place for me," Briscoe said. "It will be hard in a way, but I am doing a lot of talking with my family and I will be ready to narrow it down."

While Briscoe didn't want to name any leaders at this time, several schools have been recruiting him the hardest. Among those are Louisville, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's Connecticut, Arizona and SMU. He's also been offered by and is still recruited by Memphis, Florida, State, Missouri, Miami, West Virginia, Clemson, Auburn, Notre Dame, USC and others.

"It's a lot," Briscoe said about the schools still calling him on a regular basis. "I am trying to build relationships with the coaches and stay in touch with them."

One coach he has remained in close contact with is Rick Pitino. He has chatted with the U of L boss and Cardinals' assistant coach Wyking Jones several times this spring.

"I like them a lot," Briscoe said. "It's a great program and they have one of the best coaches in basketball. Louisville is up there."

In a recent interview, Briscoe's father - George - said "it doesn't get any better," than having Rick Pitino recruit your son.

"It's Louisville and it's coach Pitino," the father said. "We know about (Edgar) Sosa and Russ (Smith) and all of those guys, we're from around New York. We know about coach Pitino and how he lets his guards play."

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