MORE: Bossi on the USA 16U
Over the weekend, Isaiah Briscoe had a chance to attend the USA Basketball mini-camp in Colorado Springs.
As it turns out, the 6-foot-2 sophomore point guard at Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict isn't eligible to make the 16U national team because his birthday falls before the cutoff date. But, he still wanted to be there for the competition and to hopefully get himself noticed for inclusion in other USA Basketball events.
"It was a great time," Briscoe told Rivals.com. "I played against a lot of top players from my class. I feel like I played pretty well and did my thing out there."
When Briscoe says he did his thing, he's telling the truth. The physical guard was outstanding all weekend.
Of course, that's not a surprise. The sophomore has a well-established reputation as a playmaker before he started high school.
Somewhere along the line, people started looking at Briscoe as more of scorer than a setup guy. While he feels scoring is an important part of his game, the crafty guard makes it clear that he's a true point guard.
"I believe that I'm best playing as a true point guard," Briscoe said. "People talk about how I can score and all of that. But, I'm best making plays. Look at it out here. They put me on a team with two of the best scorers in my class in Malik Newman and Tyler Dorsey and I was all about getting them the ball in easy position to score."
On the recruiting front, the 16-year-old Briscoe already holds double-digit scholarship offers and counts Syracuse, Connecticut, Virginia, Miami, Arizona, Baylor, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, DePaul and Villanova among his early offers. Others like Kansas, Louisville and Ohio State are keeping close tabs.
Though he could end his recruitment, Briscoe is in no rush. For now he's enjoying things.
"I'm not in any kind of rush," he said. "I'm loving the process and want to make sure that I take my time. I don't feel any pressure."
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