Isaiah Briscoe: Destined to be Elite from Day One


For the past few years, Isaiah Briscoe has been regarded as the best point guard in the class of 2015. ESPN.com has ranked him the 13th best player in the country and Rivals.com has him as high as nine in their ranking. Tomorrow, Briscoe will announce his college commitment on national television. After listening to the countless pitches and carefully evaluating every program, the list has been narrowed down to Kentucky, St. John’s and Connecticut.

Isaiah Briscoe was an all-star at Future All-American Camp before he even took a high school class

Isaiah Briscoe was an all-star at Future All-American Camp before he even took a high school class

Briscoe, who started his high school career at St. Benedict’s Prep before transferring to Roselle Catholic, averaged 22 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and nearly 2 steals a game for the Lions last season. With the start of the 2014-15 high school season quickly approaching, Briscoe gets set to help lead a talented Roselle team on a State Championship run. Many have their guesses as to where the New Jersey guard will land, but only one thing is for sure: we know where he came from.

Before the scholarship offers piled up, before countless days were spent traveling from AAU event to AAU event, Briscoe was a budding star at Hoop Group Future All-American Camp. Only a rising freshman at camp, the point guard was not shy to admit that even at an early age, he felt he can bring a little bit of everything to the table for a team, and he’s not wrong. The point guard is a terrific scorer and possesses a good shooting touch. He makes those around him better, dropping crisp, on time passes for assists; he’s even increased his presence in the rebounding department. As a 14 year old at camp, he particularly impressed with his ability to distribute the basketball and deliver passes with both hands, as well as get to the hoop and score.

A New Jersey State Championship is the goal for Briscoe and his talented Roselle Catholic teammates this season.

A New Jersey State Championship is the goal for Briscoe and his talented Roselle Catholic teammates this season.

You could tell from an early age that Isiah Briscoe was destined for big things on the hardwood. Playing for the New Jersey Playaz AAU program, Briscoe played for their 17U team as a rising freshman. Competing alongside other great NJ guards, like former Hoop Grouper and now San Antonio Spur, Kyle Anderson, Briscoe was able to learn lessons and gain experience that very few players his age get the chance to do. “I take a lot of stuff from Kyle’s game,” Briscoe said. “I look up to him like a big brother. Every time he’s playing I always want to watch him play so I can help my game.”

His game certainly has skyrocketed to another level since Future All-American Camp, and at 6:00 pm EST tomorrow, he will become a prize recruit in one coach’s recruiting class. The question on everyone’s minds right now is which school that will be. Will he choose the defending National Champion Connecticut Huskies? Will he become the newest piece to another powerhouse recruiting class for Kentucky? Or will he opt to stay close to home and represent New York City with St. John’s? As the hype and speculation continues to mount, one thing is for certain: no matter what school he chooses, Isaiah Briscoe will be the most recent Hoop Group Alum to achieve his basketball dream.

Kyle Anderson: Friar, Bruin, Future NBA Draft Pick, Hoop Group Alum

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The 2014 NBA Draft will be held this Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. A day that starts with excitement and uncertainty, often ends in an ultimate feeling of accomplishment. Just like last year, you can count on a number of Hoop Group alumni having their names called Thursday night. Included in this year’s list of draft prospects is UCLA point guard Kyle Anderson.
A New Jersey native, Anderson played his college ball at UCLA after playing for the historic St. Anthony High School in Jersey City. When he wasn’t suiting up for the Friars, he was traveling the AAU circuit and attending several exposure camps in the summer. In honor of the upcoming draft, we take a look back at Kyle Anderson’s time at the Hoop Group.

Kyle Anderson highlights Elite Camp at Albright College.

UCLA Commit Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony’s- Mixtape from Hoop Group Elite, Best PG-Forward in 2012- from Hoop Group on Vimeo.

Kyle Anderson at Pitt Jam Fest

Kyle Anderson at Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest from Hoop Group on Vimeo.

Good luck to Kyle and all the Hoop Group alumni in the Draft on Thursday!

Tip Off Showcase Is Hoop Group Finale for Kyle Anderson

For Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony, his journey with Hoop Group has spanned 10 years and 32 individual events.

Back in 2001, he was much shorter, didn’t have college coaches poring over his ability (not just yet), and was still years removed from being under the tutelage of legendary coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony.

“Just getting better overall, that’s the best thing,” said Anderson after his team’s 55-33 win over Trenton Catholic on Sunday night. “Putting in hours of Hoop Group camps and working hard in the hot summer sun, it’s all paying off.”

Anderson had 14 points and eight rebounds in the win.

He has signed to play for Ben Howland and UCLA next season, having chosen the Bruins over Florida, St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Georgetown.

Anderson is a rare blend of size and ballhandling skills, which has ranked him as a consensus top five recruit in the country.

He does as much in the way of personal skill as he does at making his teammates better, with the ability to draw in the defense and seeing over the defense to find open shooters.

UCLA has signed forward Jordan Adams of Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and continues to be in pursuit of Shabazz Muhammad, the number one player in the country out of Bishop Gorman (Nv.).

Next year, in the lights of Hollywood, Anderson will put on Bruin gold and baby blue, having come a long way from Hoop Group Skills camp in the Poconos a decade ago.

Hoop Group Alum Kyle Anderson Commits to UCLA

Kyle Anderson is the most unique player in the country. He might be the only recruit to have cake and candles at his college announcement. Anderson made his decision on his 18th birthday telling the country that he would be attending UCLA.

Anderson has been been a staple at Hoop Group camps and tournaments since he was 10 years old. He ended the July live recruiting period to play his final AAU game at Hoop Group End of Summer Classic. “Hoop Group always does a good job every year. They always do a good job with the high school team camp, Hoop Group Elite camps, Hoop Group is great.” Anderson said after winning MVP after triple overtime win at End of Summer Classic.

Everyone at Hoop Group would like to extend their best wishes to Kyle Anderson on continuing his education and basketball career.

Isaiah Briscoe 2015 #1 Point Guard Credits Kyle Anderson For Helping His Game

2015 PG Isaiah Briscoe (NJ Playaz) who will be a freshman at St. Benedict’s high school was at Hoop Group Elite Future All American camp. He sat down with Dave Krupinski (@DaveKrupinski) to talk about his summer playing basketball at Hoop Group Camps and with 17U NJ Playaz team with Kyle Anderson and Savon Goodman.