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Hyperextended elbow could sideline Kentucky’s Ulis Monday night

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In the midst of No. 1 Kentucky’s comfortable win over USF on Friday, sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis went down with a hyperextended right elbow. Kentucky does have two other players capable of running the point in freshmen Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe, but there’s no denying the importance of Ulis to this team.

The question now is whether or not Ulis will be available when the Wildcats host Illinois State Monday night, and there has yet to be a definitive answer. Ulis didn’t practice Sunday, and should he miss Monday’s game Kentucky loses a player who has provided (among many things) consistency at the point.

“And without Tyler now, you have to understand the last six minutes of that half and what we did the first five or six minutes of that second half, that was without Tyler. We were really good,” Calipari said Sunday. “It’s just they couldn’t sustain it. That’s what Tyler does. Tyler just keeps coming and he does not stop and he’s not going to make mistakes to let another team get back in the game. That’s the difference. That’s the experience.”

The absence of Ulis would give Murray and Briscoe more time with the ball in their hands running the point, and they’d have to do so against an Illinois State team that gave No. 2 Maryland all it wanted in Cancun earlier this week.

While Friday’s game was well in hand when Ulis was injured, the Wildcats and Bulls played to a stalemate in the final 20 minutes. Doing so against an Illinois State team expected to be a factor in the Missouri Valley Conference would be dangerous.

Following Monday’s game, Kentucky makes the trip out west to take on UCLA Thursday night.

Kentucky’s Briscoe shows off body transformation

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Kentucky lost Devin Booker and the Harrison twins to the NBA Draft, but has once again reloaded on the perimeter with Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe joining sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis.

Briscoe, rated No. 10 overall in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, took to Twitter on Friday night to show off the transformation to his body since arriving in Lexington. The Kentucky freshman guard included shoutout to strength coach, Rob Harris, in his tweet.

Briscoe didn’t list his current weight, but a tweet posted on Aug. 4 stated he was 205 pounds. The 6-foot-3 committed to Kentucky as one of the best playmakers in in the Class of 2015.

This is another promising sign for a Kentucky that has to replace the production of seven players who bolted for the NBA. Murray, a late addition to the class, shined in July during the Pan-Am Games, including a 22-point and six-assist performance against the United States in the semifinals.

The Wildcats begin the 2015-16 season on Nov. 13 against Albany.

Concussion rules out Isaiah Briscoe for FIBA U19 World Championships

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Thursday night it was reported that Kentucky signee Isaiah Briscoe suffered a head injury, thus putting his status for the United States U19 team’s trip to Crete for the FIBA U19 World Championships into doubt. Friday morning USA Basketball announced that Briscoe will not be making the trip as a result of that injury.

Briscoe will be replaced on the roster by Virginia Tech rising sophomore guard Justin Bibbs, who was one of the final four players cut from the squad Monday evening.

“I feel very bad for Isaiah. He had a tremendous attitude and was one of our overall best players and one of our leaders of the team,” U19 and Arizona head coach Sean Miller said in the release.  “It is very, very unfortunate to see him get injured in what was really a two-on-two drill. But the good news is I know he’ll recover and be fine; the bad news is he won’t be able to play on our team.”

The 6-foot-5 Bibbs averaged 11.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his debut season at Virginia Tech, ranking second on the team in scoring. With Briscoe out of the rotation, the United States can call upon Villanova signee Jalen Brunson and Oklahoma State signee Jawun Evans at the point.

Kentucky signee suffers head injury during United States U19 practice

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With the roster pared down to 12 players earlier this week, United State U19 head coach Sean Miller and his staff are preparing the team for the FIBA u19 World Championships which are scheduled to begin June 27 in Heraklion, Crete.

One of the players on the roster is guard Isaiah Briscoe, a Kentucky signee rated amongst the best players in the Class of 2014, and on Thursday night the New Jersey native suffered an injury during practice.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports that Briscoe suffered a head injury during the session, and with the team scheduled to depart Friday he needs to pass a concussion test in order to make the trip. News of Briscoe’s injury was first reported by CBSSports.com.

The United States doesn’t lack for players who can handle the playmaking responsibilities, with incoming college freshmen Jalen Brunson (Villanova) and Jawun Evans (Oklahoma State) making the roster, and they also have depth on the wings with Josh Jackson, Terrance Ferguson, L.J. Peak, Jayson Tatum and Allonzo Trier manning those spots.

But even with those options, to lose a player of Briscoe’s caliber would hurt should the injury result in his being unable to make the trip.

Of the four finalists who didn’t make the team two, Virginia Tech’s Justin Bibbs and Vanderbilt’s Riley LaChance, were perimeter players with forwards Brekkott Chapman (Utah) and Vince Edwards (Purdue) being the others.

Diallo claims another MVP at Jordan Brand Classic but Briscoe wins the crowd

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NEW YORK – The 14th annual Jordan Brand Classic marked the end of a hectic few weeks for the top talent across high school basketball, as the West team topped the East, 118-116.

In a night that combined an unwavering pace with an abundance of jaw-dropping athleticism, here were the top stories:

Cheick Diallo adds another MVP to his trophy case

The Jordan Brand Classic was the cherry on top of a monster month for Diallo. The 6-foot-9 power forward from Centereach, N.Y., was named MVP of the East squad, pouring in 26 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Diallo was able to once again put his full offensive arsenal on display, showing a great touch around the bucket, as well as the ability to get out in transition.

The latest piece of hardware will have a spot next to the McDonald’s MVP Diallo won earlier in the month, also accompanied by a win at the Nike Hoop Summit. Diallo was one of three remaining undeclared players in the Jordan game and is scheduled for an in-home visit with Chris Mullin and St. John’s on Saturday, who is competing with Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State and Pittsburgh for the coveted big man’s signature.

Welcome to the Isaiah Briscoe Show

With about five minutes remaining in the game, Briscoe, a New York product who went to high school in New Jersey, banged a three that was like a shot of adrenaline to the Brooklyn crowd. From then on, each time the ball found its way into Briscoe’s hands – which it did basically every possession – the walls of the Barclays Center were hit with an ear-splitting roar.

“That’s New York basketball,” Briscoe said when asked about the atmosphere. “Everywhere you go, every gym you play in, that’s New York basketball. They want to see people go at it. They want to see people compete.”

Briscoe, who is headed to Kentucky next season, repeatedly put himself in isolation situations, as he and LSU commit Antonio Blakeney traded one-on-one punches on several consecutive possessions. After shaking Blakeney with a particularly silky spin move and touching it off the glass, fans were fully invested in the Briscoe pageantry. Ultimately the one-man wrecking crew fell short, but Briscoe finished with 22 points after a sub-par first half and won over the crowd with a gladiator-like effort.

“I’m no stranger to a big crowd,” Briscoe said. “I feed off all of that, as you can see.”

The exodus of Wildcats out of the Bluegrass and toward the bright lights of the NBA has left Kentucky rather thin on the perimeter. Briscoe will be counted on to provide an immediate impact and it will be interesting to see how he meshes alongside point guard Tyler Ulis. Either way, it should be a nice problem to have for John Calipari.

Allonzo Trier gets buckets, basically whenever he wants

Trier collected MVP honors for the West squad, dropping in 28 points on 8-10 shooting. The 6-foot-4 guard from Henderson, Nev., shoved himself behind the wheel for Kevin Boyle’s team in the second half, willing his way into the paint and either converting at the rim or earning a trip to the charity stripe. With his quickness and athleticism, Trier is a migraine-inducing offensive weapon that is near impossible to guard one-on-one.

Setting up camp in Tucson, Ariz., next season, Trier will need to help patch up the offensive holes left behind by a slew of departed Wildcats. With Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley gone, and Stanley Johnson potentially joining them, Trier could easily become the focal point of Sean Miller’s offense in his inaugural campaign.

Brewster Academy sweeps Regional MVPs

Quickly finding the mold of a traditional all-star game, the Jordan Brand Classic Regional game turned into a 40-minute track meet that was played almost exclusively above the rim. Brewster Academy teammates Donovan Mitchell and Jalen Adams took center stage, reeling in MVPs for their respective teams.

“A lot of people don’t know Brewster Academy, so we were just talking about going out and putting Brewster on the map in a bigger way,” Mitchell said. “We just said to ourselves that we were going to go out and impact the game in different ways.”

The Louisville-bound Mitchell put together enough footage for his own Jordan Brand dunk highlight reel plus bonus features. The 6-foot-2 guard led all scorers with 30 points and nearly brought the house down in the first half after capping off a spin move with a thundering dunk.

Adams, an electric point guard who is committed to Kevin Ollie and UConn, put on a show of his own, scoring 27 points for the winning squad.

Top plays from the Jordan Brand Classic practice

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The Jordan Brand Classic is Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Earlier this week, some of the top high school players in the nation took part in a practice session. Kentucky commits Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere had their share of highlights, as did uncommitted prospects Jaylen Brown, Malik Newman and Cheick Diallo.

Video courtesy of Home Town Hoops