UK Recruiting

Two UK basketball recruits to reveal college decisions Thursday

Isaiah Briscoe will wait to sign his letter until spring. "See who stays, see who goes," he said.
Isaiah Briscoe will wait to sign his letter until spring. "See who stays, see who goes," he said.

John Calipari's latest recruiting class could grow by two Thursday.

Five-star basketball prospects Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere will announce their college decisions that evening during a one-hour signing-week special on ESPNU. The program begins at 6 p.m., and Briscoe and Labissiere are the only two high school seniors scheduled to reveal their decisions on the show.

Both players list Kentucky among their finalists.

Labissiere — a native of Haiti — is a 6-foot-11 forward living in Memphis. He took an official visit to UK in September and is also considering Memphis, North Carolina, Baylor, Tennessee and Georgetown.

The hometown Tigers were widely pegged as the favorite for the past few months. That's no longer the case, says director of recruiting Evan Daniels.

"All signs are pointing toward Kentucky right now," Daniels told the Herald-Leader on Monday. "They seem to be in the pole position. The sources I've talked to all say Kentucky for Skal." ranks Labissiere as the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2015, behind fellow UK recruit Jaylen Brown and Louisiana State commitment Ben Simmons.

Labissiere was the first player from his class to earn a scholarship offer from UK and managed to retain his elite status despite missing most of his junior season of high school with a back injury.

He returned as a force on the summer circuit and has since transferred across town to Lausanne Collegiate School for his senior year. Labissiere was ruled ineligible to play for Lausanne because of a transfer flap, but he might suit up for a "prep" team created by his guardian while he takes classes at Lausanne.

The recruitment of Briscoe is tougher to handicap.

The 6-3 guard from New Jersey recently narrowed his list to UK, St. John's and UConn, although no one is giving the Huskies much of a shot.

"Isaiah Briscoe has done a good job of playing his cards close to the vest," Daniels said. "I think the entire East Coast thinks he's going to St. John's, and I think everybody else thinks he's going to Kentucky. I think he's done a pretty good job of making both sides feel pretty confident.

"This has been a pretty wild recruitment. A lot of twists and turns throughout the whole deal. I firmly believe it's down to (UK and St. John's). And as of today, I think anything can happen."

Briscoe — considered the No. 15 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by — is widely regarded as the No. 1 point guard in the class. He also earned scholarship offers from Arizona, Louisville and Syracuse, among others.

The early-signing period for high school seniors begins Wednesday and runs through Nov. 19.

St. Rita (Ill.) guard Charles Matthews is UK's only commitment for the class of 2015. St. Rita Coach Gary DeCesare told the Herald-Leader on Monday that Matthews was likely to sign with the Wildcats by the end of this week.

Most of UK's remaining targets for the class of 2015 are expected to wait until the spring to make their college decisions.

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