Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Isaiah Briscoe watched the NBA Draft Thursday and saw a New Jersey guard go as the No. 1 overall pick.
The young man dreamed and thought to himself, “That could be me.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Briscoe has a very long way to go before he can dream of following in Kyrie Irving’s footsteps, but he’s off to a promising start.
A rising freshman at St. Benedict’s Prep, Briscoe received scholarship offers from both Rutgers and Seton Hall.
“It makes me feel good,” he said by phone. “It is kind of hard to believe it.”
St. Benedict’s coach Mark Taylor says the sky’s the limit for the Newark native, the No. 1 eighth-grader in New Jersey.
“His potential is unlimited,” Taylor said from Rutgers, where his team went 3-0 at a team camp. “It’s all up. He’s got a great IQ. Physically, he’s very mature for his age. He has to keep improving every year on a different part of his game, both mentally and physically.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.