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.
St. John’s, UConn to Meet With Isaiah Briscoe (UPDATED)
UConn coach Kevin Ollie will meet with Isaiah Briscoe on Sept. 16 at Roselle (N.J.) Catholic and St. John’s coach Steve Lavin will get his face-to-face meeting Sept. 22, RC coach Dave Boff confirmed to SNY.tv.
Zach Braziller of the Post was the first to report the St. John’s development.
St. John’s has been involved with Briscoe for a couple of years now and is privately confident about its chances at landing the star guard.
“Oh, playing in New York at the Garden and I’m pretty much from the Northeast area, so going there it’s crazy,” Briscoe told SNY.tv at the Peach Jam, where he led the NJ Playaz to the championship. “I could bring St. John’s back on top.”
UConn, meantime, was originally on Briscoe’s list of seven schools, but then landed a commitment from point guard Jalen Adams and appeared to be out of the mix. Now they are back in and will also get an official visit from Briscoe Sept. 26, the only one he has set up.
As previously reported, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard will have a home visit on Saturday with the 6-foot-3 Briscoe, and Georgia Tech comes in Sunday.
Kentucky coach John Calipari, who will see 2016 Gill St. Bernard’s guard Tyus Battle on Friday, meets with Briscoe Sept. 18.
Meantime, Lavin and assistant Jim Whitesell are expected to watch 6-5 Daytona State guard Tanksley Efianayi work out today. He is set for an official visit Sept. 19-21.
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.
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