The 6-foot-3 Briscoe, 22, spent last season in Estonia with BC Kalev, where he averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.4 turnovers per game.. “Great country, great people,” Briscoe told the Orlando Sentinel. “I enjoyed my time there.” Briscoe, who led Roselle Catholic High School to the 2015 New Jersey Tournament of Champions title, has always been a tough, gritty guard, but there questions about his outside shot at Kentucky and he went underrated in 2017. Yet he shot 72 percent from the foul line and 37 percent from beyond the arc in Estonia last season. “I always take criticism the right way and try to use it and help my game as much as possible,” Briscoe told the Sentinel. “But that was what I heard for the most part: work on my point guard skills. That’s what I did. I had a year away from all distractions — away from a lot of people — for me to actually focus and learn more about myself and work on my game and just polish myself up.” Magic assistant coach Pat Delany, who is serving as the team’s summer league head coach, said he’s been impressed with Briscoe. “Toughness, competitiveness — that’s stuff that, as coaches, we can’t even teach,” Delany told the Sentinel. “It’s in his DNA. You can see that in him. “Is it perfect all the time? No. But he’s a willing listener. He’s willing to get better. And that type of tendency … just accentuates itself to everybody else on the team. He’s been a leader, another tough guy. His game has continued to grow even in the short time we’ve had him.” Kentucky coach John Calipari Tweeted support for Briscoe, who left campus after his sophomore season but couldn’t stick with an NBA team and then went overseas.
Free agent guard Isaiah Briscoe has agreed to a deal with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell ESPN. Briscoe, 22, impressed in a team mini-camp recently. He worked way back onto NBA radar after an outstanding season in Estonia.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2018
“Now I’m back in the States,” Briscoe said. “I’m glad to be back.” Photo: USA Today
Happy for @ZayBriscoe, one of the toughest fighters we’ve ever had, getting a multiple-year contract in Orlando. He will will himself and his team into something special. Lots of games to watch in the next few days!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 6, 2018