Isaiah Briscoe finally gets his Kentucky Wildcats offer

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Given John Calipari’s history with point guards, I’m sure deep down Isaiah Briscoe wondered why in the heck he had not gotten an offer yet.  Now there is no need to wonder any more.  Briscoe, the top point guard in the 2015 class now has an offer from John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats.  It still looks as if he will still be a spring time decision however.

"Briscoe arrived on UK’s campus Sunday, coming directly from an official visit to UConn. He has two more official visits — to St. John’s and Missouri — scheduled for next month. The 6-foot-3 prospect from New Jersey has said that he plans to wait until the spring before making his college decision, but that was before the offer from UK. Calipari had an in-home visit with Briscoe earlier this month. A couple of days before that meeting, Roselle Catholic Coach Dave Boff spoke to the Herald-Leader about Briscoe’s timetable. “If somebody were to come in and blow him away; Or if he were to go on a visit and fall in love with the place, then I don’t want to say he wouldn’t decide in the fall,” Boff said at the time. “But I think the plan right now is to wait until the spring. He was down to a final five, but I think he had so much success over the summer and was finally seen as a point guard – which he’s been working to show that part of his game. Nobody had really seen that. “So when he started to be seen as a point guard and his recruitment changed a little bit, I think he decided to wait until the spring.”"

Oct. 14, 2011; Lexington, KY USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari speaks to fans in front of players during big blue madness at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Chalk up another visitor for Big Blue Madness. In his blog on USA Today, Brown revealed that he is headed to Lexington for the storied event.

"Things with my recruitment have cooled down a lot, but now I’m getting ready to go out on some of these official visits. First, I’m going to Kansas October 10 for Late Night in the Phog. After that I’m going to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on October 17 then I’m planning to go to UCLA on November 15, but I’m thinking about switching that date. Those are all the visits I have setup right now, but there will be more. These official visits are gonna be crucial; it’s probably gonna be the deciding factor for me so I’m hoping that people will be straight up with me. I already had in-homes with Georgia and Georgia Tech too and those went really well. It’s tough because all of the schools offer a lot of great things. I haven’t cut my list or narrowed anything down and, honestly, if another school wants to come in they can. Whoever wants to jump in they can definitely do that. I won’t have any hard feelings that you haven’t recruited me as hard yet because I understand that it’s a business."

Also, don’t discount the Drake effect in recruiting.

"Another thing that I thought was cool was that Coach Cal told me about his relationship with Drake and they’re actually really close. They text and everything like that. That’s pretty cool. I’m definitely a fan of Drake and I think he’s actually gonna be there when I’m there for my visit to Kentucky so I’m definitely looking forward to that."

And as you can expect, Kentucky’s upcoming “NBA Combine” day is going to attract recruits as well. Caleb Swanigan will be taking an unofficial visit for the event.  

"Swanigan — a 6-foot-9 prospect from Fort Wayne, Ind. — is considered the No. 8 overall player in the class of 2015 by and ESPN. He earned a UK scholarship offer over the summer. UK Coach John Calipari is planning to invite representatives from all 30 NBA teams to Lexington on Oct. 10 for a combine-like workout featuring his players. Yahoo Sports first reported the combine plan earlier this month and Calipari has mentioned it several times since, including at Monday’s UK Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon in Louisville. Swanigan has not yet cut his list of schools and is expected to wait until the spring before making a college decision."