Isaiah Briscoe (born April 13, 1996) is an American college basketball player for the Kentucky Wildcats. He was ranked among the top point guards in the national class of 2015 by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN. He completed his senior season for Roselle Catholic High School in the 2014–15 academic year.

Early life and high school career

Briscoe was born in Union, New Jersey. His father, George Briscoe, is a hall of famer and former guard at Stockton State College, his sister, Iasia Hemingway, played at Syracuse University and his cousin, Kyrie Irving, is an NBA player. [2] When he was in seventh grade, he was not selected to an elite AAU team, which fueled his determination. [3] After his eighth-grade year at Kawameeh Middle School in Union, Briscoe repeated the grade at Good Shepherd Academy in Irvington. [4] He was invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy. Briscoe played well, using his body to get to the rim, he was advanced physically for his age. Briscoe was one of only three players from the 2015 class to be invited. [5] After the eighth grade, He attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School. He teamed with current Milwaukee Bucks point guard, Tyler Ennis, to lead the Gray Bees to the brink of an ESPN National High School Invitational championship. They lost on a last-second 3-pointer to Montverde Academy, 67-65. Briscoe had 11 points in the game. Isaiah averaged 15.1 points, 4.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals his sophomore season for the 32-2 Gray Bees. [6] Briscoe transferred Roselle Catholic High School for his junior year, where he was coached by Dave Boff. [7] He led the team to state titles in 2014 and 2015. [3] As a senior, Briscoe averaged 21 points, five rebounds and three assists per game. He models his game after Deron Williams and Tyreke Evans. [7] Prior to his senior year, Briscoe led the AAU New Jersey Playaz to the championship at the 2015 Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina. He posted averages of 19.2 points and 5 assists over 23 total games in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in 2015. Isaiah finished as Rivals.com #10 nationally ranked player and the #1 point guard in the class of 2015. [8]

He committed to Kentucky on November 13, 2014 live on ESPNU, becoming the third highest ranked point guard that John Calipari signed at the school. [9] "(UK) puts me in the best position to play basketball after college," Briscoe said. "Calipari puts you on the highest stage. The last couple years, all his point guards have been in the NBA. I'm just trying to be the next one." [7] He chose Kentucky over St. John's. He was the nation's consensus top point guard, was ranked No. 13 overall player by ESPN and Scout, No. 10 by Rivals, and No. 12 by 24/7 Sports recruiting services. [10] [2] [2] [2] He helped lead Team USA at the 2014 FIBA Americans U18 Championships to a gold medal. [14] He was a first-team Parade All-American in 2015. He was a McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit game selection. [15] [16] [2]