By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:
A few weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.
With the July evaluation period in full swing, this past week brought us a good amount of updates to the notebook. The Cards have landed two commits so far, and spent a lot of time watching some of the top guards in the class. Enjoy this week’s notebook!
Isaiah Bricsoe – Briscoe continued to show why he is a 5-star PG this week, leading his team to the Peach Jam Championship. Briscoe really is the total package when it comes to playing the point guard position. Arizona and Louisville still look like the favorites to land Briscoe. This week Briscoe had this to say about the Cards to Adam Zagoria. “[Pitino] is a Hall of Fame coach. From what I hear, he lets his guards go. I can see that he runs a three-guard offense, lot of pick-and-rolls and things like that. I just want to go somewhere where I can play my game.” Pitino spent a lot of time watching Briscoe this week and left no doubt that the Cards are VERY interested in him. Briscoe told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that the Cards played his style of play, so are the feelings mutual? Most are pegging Briscoe to Arizona but if Allonzo Trier were to pop for the Wildcats, keep a very close eye on Briscoe. -Steve Rummage
By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:
Last week we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We plan to release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.
There weren’t any major changes in the past week, but there are still some updates. The month of July should bring us plenty of new information with AAU season in full swing. There are major camps such as the LeBron James Skills Academy, Peach Jam, and AAU Nationals, which are held in Louisville this year.
By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:
We are excited to begin a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. The plan is to release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about. Hope you enjoy, here we go…
In his first Tri State Classic appearance this weekend, Louisville recruit Isaiah Briscoe put up 61 points in a game. Although it looks like defense was optional, and maybe even frowned upon, 61 is still impressive. We don’t need this video to know how good of a player he is. He recently cut his list down to 7 and Louisville is still in the mix for him.
Rivals just released their latest Top 150 with updating prospect rankings for college basketball recruits. There are plenty of Louisville targets on that list, and here they are:
Overall rank in parentheses
(5) Cheick Diallo – 5* Center
(7) Stephen Zimmerman – 5* Center
(9) Carlton Bragg – 5* Power Forward
(10) Ray Smith – 5* Small Forward
(12) Allonzo Trier – 5* Shooting Guard
(13) Isaiah Briscoe – 5* Point Guard
(16) Antonio Blakeney – 5* Shooting Guard
(18) Tyler Dorsey – 5* Point Guard
(22) Dwayne Bacon – 5* Small Forward
(25) Brandon Ingram – 5* Small Forward
(33) Derrick Jones – 4* Small Forward
(47) Deng Adel – 4* Small Forward
(69) Raymond Spalding – 4* Power Forward
(77) Bryant Crawford – 4* Point Guard
According to Adam Zagoria of zagsblog.com, 5-star point guard Isaiah Briscoe just cut his list down to 7 schools: UConn, Arizona, Louisville, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, and Rutgers. Zagoria also says that Briscoe will visit Louisville and Arizona this summer and cut his list down to 3 by the end of the summer. He will decide his school by the fall.
Coach Billy Donovan (Florida) made his final cut down to 12 for the final USA Men’s U18 National Team and a few Louisville Targets made the list. 2015 PG Isaiah Briscoe,2015 SG Allonzo Trier, and 2015 Center Stephen Zimmerman all made the final roster and all are in the mix with the Cards. While Trier and Briscoe have not set up visits to Louisville at this time, Zimmerman will be on campus September 26th.
The most surprising news may not be who made it. but who didn’t. 2015 SG Antonio Blakeney did not make the final team. It has been believed for a long time that Louisville and Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators have been the leaders for Blakeney. Will Donovan cutting Blakeney have any effect? That I don’t know but I can’t imagine this could be anything but good for the Cards.
|Isaiah Briscoe||G||6-3||200||04/13/96||2015||Roselle Catholic H.S.||Union, NJ|
|Jaylen Brown||F||6-6||200||10/24/96||2015||Wheeler H.S.||Alpharetta, GA|
|Jalen Brunson||G||6-1||180||08/31/96||2015||Adlai E. Stevenson H.S.||Lincolnshire, IL|
|Stanley Johnson||F||6-7||226||05/29/96||2014||Mater Dei H.S./*Arizona||Fullerton, CA|
|Tyus Jones||G||6-1||180||05/10/96||2014||Apple Valley H.S./*Duke||Apple Valley, MN|
|Luke Kennard||G||6-5||180||06/24/96||2015||Franklin H.S./#Duke||Franklin, OH|
|Tyler Lydon||F||6-9||200||04/09/96||2015||New Hampton School/#Syracuse||Elizaville, NY|
|Dwayne Morgan||F||6-8||190||01/29/96||2014||St. Francis Academy/*UNLV||Baltimore, MD|
|Allonzo Trier||G||6-5||190||01/17/96||2015||Montrose Christian||Seattle, WA|
|Myles Turner||C||6-11||225||03/24/96||2014||Trinity H.S./*Texas||Bedford, TX|
|Justise Winslow||F||6-6||210||03/26/96||2014||St. John’s School /*Duke||Houston, TX|
|Stephen Zimmerman||C||6-11||214||09/09/96||2015||Bishop Gorman H.S.||Las Vegas, NV|
|Head Coach: Billy Donovan, University of Florida|
|Assistant Coach: Ed Cooley, Providence College|
|Assistant Coach: Sean Miller, University of Arizona|
|Athletic Trainer: Jarrett Schweim, University of Central Florida|
Class of 2015
6’2 170 lbs
College List: Louisville (no offer), Villanova, Maryland, Indiana, UConn, Georgetown, Seton Hall, and more.
ESPN: 4-star player. 12th best point guard in the country.
247 Sports: 4-star player. Top player in Washington D.C.. 11th best point guard in the country. 52nd best player overall.
Rivals: 4-star player. 51st best player in the country.
Scout: 4-star player. 5th best point guard in the country. 56th best player overall.
One of Louisville’s targets in the 2015 class is point guard Isaiah Briscoe from Union, New Jersey. He is 6’3 and 200 lbs and is rated as a 5-star prospect by ESPN, 247 Sports, and Rivals. Scout has him as a 4-star player. According to this post by Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, Briscoe will cut his list down to 8 schools later this month. He has a busy month of USA Basketball tryouts, so cutting his list may not happen until the end of June.
ESPN ranks him as the 20th best player in the country and the 5th best point guard. 247 Sports has him as the 3rd best point guard. Rivals has him as the 19th best player in the country. Scout has him has the 26th best player and the 7th best point guard in the country.
This previous post from Zagoria says that the schools recruiting Briscoe the hardest are Louisville, Arizona, UConn, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and St. John’s. Also from the article:
Two big time targets for Louisville’s 2015 recruiting class squared off this past weekend at the EYBL in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A couple of five-star shooting guards, Isaiah Briscoe and Antonio Blakeney went head to head, and our guy Justin from JMBV was there to capture all the action and he put together this mixtape. It would be great if the Cards can land one (or both) of these guys. Enjoy!
PG Isaiah Briscoe is one of the top if not the top recruit for the Cards in the class of 2015 and this video will show you why.
Video Courtesy of IA Elites
A 5-star point guard from Newark, New Jersey has named his final 7 schools, and the Louisville Cardinals are in that mix. Isaiah Briscoe, listed at 6’3 and 215 lbs, is the 3rd best point guard in the country according to 247sports. Rivals lists him as the 19th best player overall in the class of 2015.
This is the scouting report on Briscoe from Eric Bossi on Rivals.com: One of the most explosive scorers in the class of 2015. He can play at either the point or the two and is a big and strong backcourt player. At times his shot selection is poor which hurts his percentages some, but he is a skilled scorer who can shoot from deep or attack off the dribble.
His final seven are St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Arizona, UConn, Pittsburgh, and Louisville. There is no timetable for Briscoe to make his decision.