Kentucky sophomore Isaiah Briscoe has become the fourth UK underclassman to enter this year’s draft, with the school announcing today in a press release that Briscoe will go pro. Like his teammates De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, Briscoe intends to sign with an agent. Kentucky big man Bam Adebayo will test the draft waters without hiring representation.
“Thank you to my brothers. We’ve been through so much together and accomplished even more,” Briscoe said in a statement after thanking his coaches at Kentucky. “Thank you to my family and friends. Without your support, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
“It was a dream to play in front of BBN and an honor to wear K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y across my chest. I’m ready for the next step and can’t wait to begin the next journey.”
A 6’3″ guard, Briscoe ranks 86th on Jonathan Givony’s big board at DraftExpress.com, while ESPN’s Chad Ford places him just outside his top 100 list, at No. 105. Briscoe, who will turn 21 next week, averaged 12.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 4.2 APG in his second season with the Wildcats, though he continued to struggle with his outside shot. After making just 13.5% of his long-distance attempts in his freshman year, the New Jersey native improved his three-point percentage in 2016/17, but only to a modest 28.8%.
While Briscoe returned to Kentucky a year ago after testing the draft waters, hiring an agent this time around will mean forgoing his remaining NCAA eligibility.