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We evaluate a trio of SMU basketball prospects inside!

Isaiah Briscoe- SG, Roselle Catholic (NJ) (2015)

Scoring: Briscoe is a physical combo guard with great strength and power as a scorer. He is aggressive to the basket and can make tough shots from the perimeter. He also has good range and can create offense in the halfcourt. Briscoe can be an effective scorer from the post when smaller opponents guard him. He can play either guard position and has a great feel for the game, but needs to work on his shot selection. Overall, Briscoe is easily one of the most gifted scorers in his class.

Playmaking Ability: Briscoe has the ability to make plays with his ball handling and passing skills. But he can force shots up at times and needs to continue to develop his basketball IQ. Briscoe has a physical advantage over most other guards his age and has tremendous versatility as a scorer. He will continue to learn to utilize his strength and athleticism to make better plays and become more of a team player.

Defense: Briscoe is an underrated defender that can guard multiple positions. He is big and strong enough to guard bigger opponents, but has the length and feet to stay with quicker guards. Briscoe still needs to work on his rebounding on both ends and continuing to play with a high motor. Briscoe's toughness and versatility make him an intriguing prospect on the defensive end and has a chance to be one of the best overall players in his class.

Side Note: Briscoe is a member of the NJ Playaz in AAU. He transferred to Roselle Catholic from St. Benedict's Prep for his junior year.

Offers: SMU, Arizona, Baylor, Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Miami (FL), Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Johns, Syracuse, UCLA, Villanova and Virginia.

Measureables: 6-3, 210

Ranking: A four-star in the Class of 2015 and the No. 6 rated shooting guard.


Zach Norvell- PG/SG, Simeon Vocational (IL) (2015)

Scoring: Norvell is a tough, left-handed combo guard who can score in a variety of different ways. He is a good shooter with NBA range and a quick release. Norvell is especially dangerous in transition because of his ability to finish in traffic and after contact. He has a very high basketball IQ for a sophomore and always plays in attack mode. Norvell's combination of versatility, toughness and feel for the game make him a very intriguing prospect.

Playmaking Ability: Norvell is just transitioning to playing point guard this year but has shown he has incredible passing and vision. He makes highlight reel passes in transition and loves getting teammates involved. Norvell is also very athletic and has great handles. He needs to work more on his off hand, but he always seems to find ways to get the basket and create offense. At 6-4, Norvell could be great in college if he continues to develop his point guard skills.

Defense: Norvell has a long way to go on the defensive end, but has potential to be a good team defender. He is very athletic and versatile, but struggles playing one-on-one defense. Norvell will show flashes of good defense when he blocks shots in transition, but needs to work on consistently defending for entire games. He also doesn't rebound well for a player with his size and athleticism. Norvell will need to continue to work hard to become a better defender before college.

Side Note: Norvell is a member of the Mac Irvin Fire in AAU.

Offers: SMU, Bradley, Loyola-Chicago and Memphis.

Measureables: 6-4, 180

Ranking: A three-star in the Class of 2016.


Djery Baptiste- C, Episcopal School of Dallas (2015)

Size: Baptiste is a very raw prospect, but has all the physical tools coaches look for in a big man. He has an NBA frame and build with his incredible length and size. He is also very cut and mobile for a big man and runs the floor extremely well. Baptiste will continue to get stronger and improve on his understanding of the game, but he has already come a long way since coming to the United States with no previous basketball experience.

Scoring: Baptiste has made huge strides in his offensive game the last couple years. He has developed a nice hook shot with both hands down and can hit a face-up jumper from 12-15 feet out. He is a very underrated passer and free throw shooter because he does most of his scoring on dunks. His offensive game still has a long way to go before he is a consistent offensive threat in the post, but Baptiste is already very dangerous is transition because of his athleticism.

Defense: Baptiste is an elite shot blocker and rebounder with a 7-foot-5 wingspan that makes him impossible to score around. He is very active on the defensive end and does a great job using his size to his advantage. Baptiste runs the floor very well, blocks shots instinctively, and can cover huge parts of the court. He easily one of the best defenders in the Class of 2015 already and will continue to make huge strides on both ends of the floor as he gets more coaching.

Side Note: Baptiste is a member of the Texas Titans in AAU. He is from Haiiti and only started playing basketball a short time ago. He also recently transferred to Episcopal School of Dallas from Monson Academy in Massachusetts.

Offers: SMU, Boston College, Kansas State, TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Vanderbilt.

Measureables: 6-11, 240

Ranking: A three-star in the Class of 2015.


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