Isaiah Briscoe will play for the Orlando Magic in the 2018 NBA Summer League, the team announced Thursday. He’ll team up with No. 6 overall pick and former UK recruit Mohamed Bamba.
Briscoe, who spent two seasons in Lexington, averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a sophomore during the 2016-17 college basketball season. That was an improvement from his strong freshman campaign, when he put up 9.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
After shooting 13.5 percent from distance and 46.0 percent at the foul line during his rookie season, Briscoe showed a lot of improvement in his second year, hitting 28.8 percent from 3-point range and 63.5 percent at the charity stripe. He also raised his overall field-goal percentage from 43.9 percent to 47.0 percent for a UK team that made it to the Elite Eight.
However, all those improvements were not enough to get Briscoe drafted in 2017, and he ended up not making an NBA roster during the 2017-18 season. He did get a stint with the Philadelphia 76ers during the summer league, then played with the Portland Trail Blazers in the preseason before later signing with BC Kalev in Russia. He actually won Russian Young Player of the Year honors.
Good luck to Briscoe as he gets another shot to make his NBA dreams a reality.
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