Briscoe & Silva Have High Interest in SMU

Roselle coach Dave Boff gives an update on Isaiah Briscoe & Chris Silva's interest in SMU inside!

SMU basketball has been making a habit of getting the attention of five-star recruits since landing Emmanuel Mudiay in the fall.

Count Isaiah Briscoe on that list of top recruits looking at SMU.

Roselle (New Jersey) head basketball coach Dave Boff recently spoke about both Briscoe and his teammate, fellow 2015-SMU target Chris Silva.

Boff says that despite not having heard much about SMU before this season, Briscoe is intrigued by the team's recent emergence.

"I think the main thing that (Briscoe) likes about SMU now is that Coach (Larry) Brown is a legendary coach and that the program seems to be on the upswing," Boff said. "I think that's what everyone is starting to notice about SMU."

Brown had planned on visiting Briscoe when the Mustangs went to play Rutgers but the snowstorm that hit the region prevent the coach from seeing the shooting guard.

However, Brown did get a chance to see Briscoe, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 200 pounds, practice at an open gym before the college season began. Boff said the practice went "very well" for his player.

Briscoe transferred to Roselle before his junior year so he was forced to sit out the first five games of the season due to New Jersey transfer rules. Once he got into the swing of things the five-star averaged over 22 points a game and led Roselle into the playoffs.

"Isaiah had a pretty good season. He had to sit out thirty days so that's always tough (because) it takes a little while for them to get their feet wet when they get back," Boff said. "But I think he had a tremendous season when he got back accustomed to playing.

"(This summer) I'd like to see him just continue to work on his jump shot. That's something that can always continue to improve. Just get a lot of shots up and practice shooting off the bounce and off the catch, moving off of screens and such."

Briscoe has attracted the attention of a number of schools. He holds offers from Connecticut, Baylor, Arizona, UCLA, Syracuse, Michigan, Louisville, and Florida, among others.

"Isaiah right now is listening to everyone who is interested in him. He hasn't started to narrow it down," Boff said. "He's probably going to start to trim that list down soon."

As for his three-star power forward Chris Silva, Boff characterized his interest in SMU as "high."

"I think Chris's interest-level is high for similar reasons to Isaiah," Boff said. "I think that kids are very excited about what is going on at SMU right now."

Like Briscoe, Silva had planned on meeting with Brown when SMU played in New Jersey against Rutgers so the two could discuss in-person the Hall of Famer's vision for Silva in his system but the weather got in the way.

However, Boff thinks this in-person meeting could still happen.

"I do think for Chris that SMU is in a position for him to take one of his official visits there," Boff said.

As Silva is originally from Gabon, a small country in Africa, he is still new to basketball. However, he is quickly learning.

"Chris is a power forward with a great step-out game. He's a tremendous athlete," Boff said. "He's got to be one of the best shot blockers in the country, certainly for his size (6-foot-8, 205 pounds). He's got a developing post game but his defense is a little bit ahead of his offense. His offense is coming around though with his ability to step out and shoot it."

Silva also holds offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Villanova, Seton Hall, Creighton, North Carolina State, and Miami.

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