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.
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.
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.