As planned, 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic, N.J./NJ Playaz) officially trimmed his list of schools after competing in the FIBA Americas tournament in Colorado Springs, Colorado earlier this week. Isaiah averaged 8.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 4 apg over five games as Team USA's u-18 team went 5-0 and won gold.
Prior to playing at the FIBA Americas, Briscoe was averaging 18.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, and 5.5 apg over 15 games for the NJ Playaz on the Nike EYBL circuit.
@_IsaiahBriscoe is actually considering 7 schools, his dad says: UConn, Arizona, Villanova, Louisville, St. John's, SHU & Rutgers.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 27, 2014
There aren't many surprises save maybe Villanova (only because they haven't been prominent in his recruitment) among the lucky seven - Louisville, Arizona, Connecticut, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Rutgers - which consist of four national powerhouses at the guard position and three local programs vying for national recognition.
What this means for Seton Hall: The fact that Seton Hall has made this list should be a surprise to no one. What is notable is that Isaiah's father, George Briscoe, has been on record saying that he wanted to see how Kevin Willard coaches the 2014 class before his son decides. Now he has given Adam Zagoria quotes that say Isaiah will decide around the end of the summer. This can be seen as a positive development due to the possibility of the 2014 class failing to meet expectations and this souring the recruitment or it can be perceived as poor, since Briscoe may decide to go elsewhere before Seton Hall starts to build something special with the 2014 class. Would you prefer a major recruit like this commit prior to the 2014-15 season, or sometime during it?
Whatever the case may be, Seton Hall's staff will surely continue to go all-in on Isaiah Whitehead's close friend and the Pirates' number one target in the Class of 2015. Anything less than a spot on Isaiah Briscoe's final list of three will probably be seen as disappointing by Pirate fans.