Former Kentucky Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe scored 50 points in the Estonia/Latvia All-Star game this week, earning MVP honors for the game and getting his name in the headlines. Briscoe has been playing for Kalev-Cramo club in Estonia since November, just a month after being waived by the Portland Trail Blazers.
For those of you keeping score at home, Briscoe scored more points in this game than he did during the entire NCAA tournament last year (34). Briscoe often seemed uncomfortable offensively at Kentucky, being forced to play off the ball when his natural position was point guard.
In his college career, he averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, playing alongside some of the best guard tandems of the John Calipari era: Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray in 2015-2016, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk in 2016-2017. His role at Kentucky evolved primarily into being a defender and a strong rebounder from the guard position. There was little development of his offensive game during his time as a Wildcat.
Briscoe is getting to back to his roots at the point guard position for Kalev-Cramo, and he is averaging 17.7 points, 4 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game this season. After going undrafted after last season, Briscoe had a chance to make the Trail Blazers but was let go in the last round of roster cuts. He left the G-League for Europe in hopes of improving his NBA stock, perhaps following the model of his fellow former Wildcat Darius Miller.
Kudos to Briscoe for showing out in Europe. Perhaps this will get him the attention he needs to get another shot in the league.