The news that Isaiah Briscoe had pushed his decision date to the spring seemed to bode well for the local programs that are still vying for a commitment from the Roselle Catholic guard. His father, George Briscoe, confirmed that is the case to NJ Advance Media on Tuesday.
Briscoe won't just be watching from afar, either. George Briscoe says the family will be attending Rutgers and Seton Hall games during the season.
"Yeah, he wants to see how the local teams play and how they're building their program," George Briscoe said. "He wants to see how Seton Hall and Rutgers, he wants to see how those teams do and how he'd fit in with their offense. So we're going to be going to the games."
Eddie Jordan is heading into his second season at the helm at Rutgers, and he seems to have made an impression on Briscoe. Kevin Willard, meanwhile, is bringing in the best Seton Hall recruiting class in years and it's unclear how he will handle his new star power. George Briscoe says not only does the family want to see how the new-look Pirates play, they want to see if possibly one-and-done candidate Isaiah Whitehead will be in South Orange if Briscoe was to commit to the Big East squad.
The odds of Briscoe staying in the Garden State will likely increase if Rutgers or Seton Hall has a good year — something that appeals to George Briscoe.
"We want the kid staying home," George Briscoe said. "That's just my opinion. I'm not saying Isaiah will, he may to go Arizona. I don't know. It's his choice."
Briscoe has dropped UConn and Louisville from his list. He plans on taking official visits to his five remaining schools — Arizona, St. John's, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Villanova. While Arizona was thought to be the favorite for Briscoe, the Wildcats' signing of guard Allonzo Trier seems to have boosted St. John's into pole position. That includes 247Sports making the New York school a 50% favorite to sign Briscoe, with 10 experts weighing in and picking St. John's since Trier's commitment on Sunday.