Briscoe Impressed By SMU

2015 4-star G Isaiah Briscoe is cutting his list down soon. Has he been impressed enough with SMU?

2015 4-star Roselle Catholic (N.J.) guard Isaiah Briscoe tore through the Nike EYBL Dallas going for 31, 19, 26 and 22 points while playing in Frisco and has continued his successful last EYBL season, averaging 18.2 points per game.

Briscoe hasn't been holding back for his last year, but he's also focused on improving every way he can.

"It's my last year. I want to make the most out of it," Briscoe said. "Just my leadership. That's one thing I can continue to get better at. I have a young team. We have a freshman, three sophomores so just keeping their heads held up high and that's what I'm trying to do."

His coach, Jimmy Salmon, has helped guide Playaz Basketball Club to the Division C title in EYBL and a Peach Jam berth. Salmon says the young team was by design so that Briscoe can learn to lead.

"We wanted some younger guys that he can lead," Salmon said. "Sometimes when you have too many guys in the junior class that are trying to get scholarships, it's a little more difficult for those guys to be the Robins in that sense so we crafted the team that they'd be complimentary players and so far I think it's worked out okay."

Briscoe's leadership has helped his team tie for the second best record in the EYBL circuit. His focus has been completely on basketball and not his recruiting process, but that will change soon.

"I haven't cut my list down yet," the 6-3, 200-pound guard said. "I haven't had the time to actually sit down with my family and do that yet so hopefully before the summer's over I can cut my list down or actually make my decision so I don't know."

SMU is in the mix for the talented guard and a big reason why is all the momentum the program has and his relationship with SMU head coach Larry Brown.

"I'm interested in SMU," Briscoe said. "SMU is a great school, Larry Brown is a great coach and I like the way they play and they just got Emmanuel (Mudiay) so that's good."

More top players are taking notice of SMU and it's because of Mudiay signing with SMU signaling a chance for SMU to send players to the NBA.

"If Emmanuel goes to SMU that means coach Brown can get you to the next level and every kid's dream is to get to the next level so by Emmanuel committing there and he's a top five, top 10 recruit meaning Larry Brown is going to get him to the next level so that's big for me," Briscoe said.

Briscoe isn't set on going to a perennial power, but is instead focused on what is the best opportunity to get to the next level while being comfortable as well.

"Then you got guys like Isaiah Whitehead going to Seton Hall, which opens the door," Briscoe said. "You just got to pay attention to the little things and just see how the year goes like see if Isaiah is one-and-done then okay, Seton Hall, that's an upside on Seton Hall. If Emmanuel Mudiay goes top-five then okay SMU is producing so who wouldn't want to be a part of that."

The most aggressive schools on Briscoe have been some local schools as well as some of the top programs in the country.

"The locals like UConn, St. Johns Rutgers, Seton Hall, SMU is cool, Arizona, Miami, Florida State, just to name a few," Briscoe said. "Forgot Louisville has been on me pretty tough."

Briscoe hasn't made it down to SMU yet, but says that it's a possibility.

"I haven't got down there yet," Briscoe said. "We'll have to see how it plays out."

Salmon has been extremely happy with Briscoe's ability to do the dirty work this EYBL season and that's why he's seen Briscoe's game develop even more.

"He really likes handling the ball and is great at the handling the ball so he's really become a prolific free-throw shooter so we like to have him hold it more than you'd like to have your guard traditionally have it," Salmon said. "Things happen when he has it so we kind of groom our team that way."

Of course every top player can work on things, but for Briscoe it seems to be more of the extras that he has to work on, but also taking time to relax and not go so hard all the time according to his coach.

"I would like to see him be a better college three-point shooter. His range has got to get a little better," Salmon said. "He's a hard worker. He works out everyday and probably a little too much, but he's a student of the game so I think the sky's the limit."

SMU is likely looking for a combo guard to replace Nic Moore when he leaves and Briscoe could fit right in. It's just a matter if SMU can fend off the local schools and some other top programs to secure Briscoe's talent in SMU's backcourt.

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