A successful summer of basketball and an evolving skill set have shaken up the recruitment of New Jersey guard Isaiah Briscoe.
Up next is a visit from Kentucky Coach John Calipari.
Briscoe — a 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect — won a FIBA gold medal with the Team USA under-18 squad in June and led his Nike-affiliated summer team to a Peach Jam title a few weeks after that.
He cut his list to five schools this summer, but several other programs have entered — or re-entered — the mix in recent weeks. 247Sports now ranks Briscoe as the No. 6 overall prospect in the senior class.
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"Isaiah is a big, powerful point guard," Roselle Catholic Coach Dave Boff told the Herald-Leader. "He's a fantastic passer. A great finisher around the rim and a good shooter with significant range from behind the arc.
"He certainly has the skill set to play off the ball. But he impacts the game more when he's on the ball. Not only can he score for you, but he really is good at getting people the ball in good positions for them to score."
Boff stressed that Briscoe is a point guard first, something that college coaches and recruiting evaluators hadn't been sold on in the past.
Briscoe transferred to Roselle prior to his junior year, playing his first two seasons at St. Benedict's (N.J.) alongside Tyler Ennis, who was one of the best point guards in college basketball last season before being selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
With Ennis running the show, Briscoe primarily played off the ball. Boff says that affected the way he was recruited.
"I think he had so much success over the summer and was finally seen as a point guard — which he's been working to show that part of his game," he said. "Nobody had really seen that. ... So when he started to be seen as a point guard, his recruitment changed a little bit."
Rivals.com, ESPN and 247Sports now all list Briscoe as the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2015.
His original final five consisted of Villanova, Arizona, Rutgers, Seton Hall and St. John's, but the list has grown since then. UConn — once cut from consideration — is a contender again, and Huskies Coach Kevin Ollie was scheduled to be in New Jersey on Tuesday night for a meeting with Briscoe and his family.
Head coaches from Missouri and Georgia Tech — two relative newcomers to the recruitment — met with Briscoe over the weekend.
Kentucky wasn't even thought to be an option until news broke last week that Calipari would travel to Jersey on Thursday for a visit with the five-star recruit.
Calipari's plans didn't surprise Briscoe or his coach, who said UK had been showing "significant interest" since the middle of the summer.
"Isaiah was excited," Boff said. "I think that any time Kentucky is coming in, it's exciting, because of the track record they've had recently of winning games and developing players.
"But I don't think it came out of the blue as much to Isaiah, his family or us as maybe it did to some other people."
By the end of the day Thursday, Calipari will have had in-home visits with 13 players from the class of 2015 since the fall recruiting period began Sept. 9.
Briscoe is the only one of those prospects who does not have a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.
"Certainly I would hope to see an offer extended to him during the visit, but I don't want to speculate," Boff said. "We're excited to sit down with Coach Cal and the Kentucky staff. If an offer comes at that time, that'd be great. If not, we'll hear what they have to say anyway."
Even if there's no immediate offer, UK will likely remain in contention.
Briscoe has already set up official visits to UConn and Missouri, but Boff said multiple times that his star player plans to wait until the spring before he makes a college decision.
Returning players at his position won't necessarily be a deterrent.
UK freshman point guard Tyler Ulis was impressive during the Cats' exhibition tour of the Bahamas, and he is not expected to be a one-and-done player.
If Ulis is back, that doesn't mean the Cats can't add Briscoe, too.
"I don't think going someplace that already has somebody else in the backcourt is an issue for him," Boff said. "It's not so much about starting. It's about getting some good minutes as a freshman and the opportunity to start your development process. So we'll see how that goes."