Briscoe suffers concussion, won't travel to World Championships

06/20/2015 10:36 AM

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Isaiah Briscoe’s run with the Team USA U19 national team ended before it even got started.

Just one day after being named to the final 12-man roster for the 2015 World Championships, the incoming Kentucky point guard suffered a concussion on Thursday after hitting the floor during two-on-two practice drills.

USA Basketball confirmed the injury Friday morning, adding that Briscoe will no longer be traveling with the team to Greece next week with Virginia Tech guard Justin Bibbs replacing him on the final roster.

According to his Briscoe’s father, the 5-star McDonald’s All-American will instead move down to Lexington earlier than expected to start working out with his future Wildcat teammates.

“I feel very bad for Isaiah,” USA U19 head coach Sean Miller said in a press release. “He had a tremendous attitude and was one of our overall best players and one of our leaders of the team. It is very, very unfortunate to see him get injured in what was really a two-on-two drill. But the good news is I know he’ll recover and be fine; the bad news is he won’t be able to play on our team.”

Briscoe helped lead the Americans to gold at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, where he averaged 8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists during the tournament.

Team USA leaves for Greece on Saturday to start 2015 group play against Iran, competing to defend its 2013 FIBA U19 gold medal. The World Championships run from June 27 to July 5.

KSTV discussed Briscoe’s injury on Friday’s show, explaining that even though he’ll miss out on benefits of international competition, there’s a silver lining in instead building early chemistry with his UK teammates.


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