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Former Kentucky guard, Isaiah Briscoetold zagsblog.com that his workout with the Knicks went "very well."

In his sophomore season, the 6-foot-3, 209 pound Briscoe averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 30.4 minutes per game. 

Kentucky head coach John Calipari had high praise for Briscoe after he declared for the NBA Draft saying, "Isaiah is a winner. Physically and mentally he's a pit bull with skills with the ball. We averaged nearly 30 wins a season over the last two years and Isaiah played a big part in all of them. Isaiah defends, he rebounds and he creates shots for others. I am so proud of his improvement over his time here and am looking forward to seeing his continued growth at the next level."

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Dec 12, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) passes the ball against Arizona State Sun Devils guard Gerry Blakes (4) and forward Eric Jacobsen (21) in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Arizona State 72-58. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Zerof)
Dec 12, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) passes the ball against Arizona State Sun Devils guard Gerry Blakes (4) and forward Eric Jacobsen (21) in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Arizona State 72-58. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Zerof)

NEW YORK -- Three players from the University of Kentucky were selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday evening, while three players from New Jersey were taken in the first round.

Had Isaiah Briscoe kept his name in the draft, it may have been four Wildcats and four Garden State products instead.

Like underclassmen teammates Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere and Tyler Ulis, Briscoe, a former standout guard at Roselle Catholic, declared for the draft and was invited to the NBA Draft Combine last month. He worked out for six NBA teams, but ultimately decided to return to Lexington for his sophomore season.

"That's his decision," Murray said Wednesday afternoon at NBA Draft Media Day at the Grand Hyatt New York. "He's NBA-ready, but needs another year to get better. Great body, great passion, he's very driven, motivated, so I think he'll be really significant at Kentucky.

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After having six workouts with NBA teams, Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe opted to withdraw from the NBA Draft last month and return to campus for his sophomore season.

"My thing is I didn't want to rush it," the former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic star told Kentucky reporters on Wednesday in his first comments since his decision. "I don't think that the NBA is going anywhere and me coming back to Kentucky for another year to develop as a person on and off the court will only help me."

Briscoe was not invited to the NBA Draft Combine last month, while several of his teammates -- Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis and Marcus Lee -- all were. The first three are projected as first-round picks in the June 23 NBA Draft, while Lee has since transferred to Cal.

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Kentucky freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to campus for his sophomore season.

"I really grew from this experience and I appreciate the opportunity to be evaluated by these NBA teams," Briscoe said in a statement. "I also want to thank the coaching staff and the fans for their support during this time. The NBA is my ultimate goal, so I'm returning to build on last year. There's no better place to grow as a player or to win a championship, and I want to do both."

The 6-foot-3 former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic star was not invited to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago but worked out for several NBA teams, including San Antonio, the Clippers, the Lakers, Minnesota and Atlanta.

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CHICAGO -- Kentucky coach John Calipari believes Marcus Lee will remain in the NBA Draft, but is uncertain about Isaiah Briscoe.

"Marcus really wants to do this, and my guess is that he'll keep his name in the draft because this is what he wants to do," Calipari told reporters Wednesday. "And I just told him to go up there [to the NBA Draft Combine] and do your thing and show the athletic player that you are. But he's also worked out. We've had those guys work out with teams before the combine so two or three teams could evaluate them, talk to them, and Marcus went to the combine."

The 6-foot-10 Lee is projected as the No. 29 junior by DraftExpress.com and is one of four Kentucky guys here at the NBA Draft Combine, along with Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere and Tyler Ulis.

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Kentucky freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe is listed as an alternate for next week's NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, but that hasn't stopped him from getting in a few NBA workouts.

The 6-foot-3 former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic star worked out for the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday and will work out Saturday for the Los Angeles Clippers, his father confirmed to SNY.tv. San Diego State big man Malik Pope also works out for the Clippers on Saturday, he told SNY.tv. Briscoe will also work out for the Lakers on May 16 after the NBA Combine May 11-15.

He has not hired an agent -- "No way," his father said -- and can return to campus if he pulls out of the NBA Draft by May 25. George Briscoe said his son had seven more workouts planned, but no dates set yet.

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Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) is OK following a sprained left ankle on Saturday. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Zerof)
Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) is OK following a sprained left ankle on Saturday. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Zerof)

Isaiah Briscoe is OK after X-rays on his left ankle were negative, his father told SNY.tv on Sunday.

Briscoe injured the ankle during warmups.

"Definitely negative, so we're happy about that," George Briscoe said. "He's doing fine, the doctor called us and said he's fine. He said he's gotta stay off of it for a couple days. It's swollen but just stay off of it for a couple of days."

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Isaiah Briscoe has long wanted to challenge his mentor Carmelo Anthony to a game of one-on-one.

"I'm a competitor so I'm telling him we could play one-on-one whenever you ready," Briscoe told me back in April at the Jordan Brand Classic.

"I'm always working out in your gym [Terminal 23] so whenever you're ready you just let me know. We gotta make it competitive."

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Freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe missed Kentucky's season-opening win against Albany on Friday with a knee injury and his status for Saturday's game against NJIT is questionable.

"I don't know if he'll play [Saturday], but it gives you another - a tough kid that's going to defend, come up with balls, make lay ups, get to the basket," Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the team's 78-65 win over Albany.

Briscoe, who lead Roselle Catholic to the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in March, bumped knees with teammate Dominique Hawkins in practice during the week.

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