In an interview with TheBasketballDiary, top-rated 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe (NJ Playaz/Roselle Catholic, N.J.) has released his final five schools and his intention to wait until the spring to sign with one of them.
Starting at 3:55 in the above video, Isaiah lists Arizona, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Villanova as his final five and then clarifies that he isn't going to commit until the spring. "Spring, I want to decide late," he says.
Briscoe's elimination of Louisville and UConn come as no surprise as the Huskies landed highly rated Jalen Adams and Louisville is pursuing a handful of top-rated guards outside of Briscoe. Despite Arizona carrying two top-25 guards in their 2015 class after landing Allonzo Trier, they are apparently still in play according to NJ.com.
The prolonging of Briscoe's recruitment gives Kevin Willard and Seton Hall the greatest potential benefit. Back in April, Isaiah's father, George, told Adam Zagoria that he wanted to give the Hall an opportunity to show their worth during the 2014-15 season.
"I want to give them a shot," George Briscoe told SNY.tv. "If we commit before the season, if we commit before November and December and don't get a chance to see them [next season] that wouldn't be fair to them. If we say we want to see them and see what they look like but that doesn't mean [we will sign in the] spring."
With interest waning between Seton Hall and Briscoe of late (St. John's is thought to be local favorite) and plans set for Isaiah to commit in the fall, things looked bleak for Willard and his staff. But the apparent reconsidering of a late spring signing is now back on the table, according to this brand new interview, filmed Sunday.
UPDATE: Just as predicted, George Briscoe has confirmed to NJ.com that the decision to sign in the spring was made with the intention of watching local schools like Seton Hall, Rutgers, and St. John's and then decide.
"Yeah, he wants to see how the local teams play and how they're building their program," George Briscoe told Jeremy Schneider of NJ.com. "He wants to see how Seton Hall and Rutgers, he wants to see how those teams do and how he'd fit in with their offense. So we're going to be going to the games."
Now all Kevin Willard has to do is produce on the court in 2014-15 to perhaps give himself the best shot at 2015's top guard signing for him.