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Isaiah Briscoe Named to SI's "All-Glue" Team

Nick Roush03/07/17

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[caption id="attachment_218159" align="alignnone" width="1280"] "I don't really know what it means either, Isaiah." - Coach Cal[/caption] At the end of a day filled with awards comes the most obscure: Sports Illustrated's All-Glue Team. Starting in 2000, America's most prestigious sports publication essentially turned a cliche, "glue guy," into an annual feature.  As much as I would like to make fun of SI for building up a cliche -- especially when the feature is written by Seth Davis --  this award is one way to recognize important players that never receive the credit they deserve. Briscoe is the fifth Wildcat named to the All-Glue Team, joining Darius Miller (2012), Derrick Jasper (2008), Chuck Hayes (2003) and Gerald Fitch (2002).  Here's an excerpt from the feature:

From a basketball standpoint, Briscoe’s contributions range from rugged on-ball defense to tenacious board work. (He has averaged 5.4 boards per game at Kentucky, an impressive stat for a guard.) This season, Briscoe’s leadership has been critical while he has been starting alongside four freshmen. “I’ve been a leader for as long as I can remember. It’s nothing new to me,” he says. “I look at my job as the guy who keeps everything together, makes sure everybody is on the same page. Me and Coach [John Calipari] are always talking during the game.”

At most schools, a sophomore is still considered an unpolished greenhorn, but at One-and-Done U, he is a sage old man. Briscoe provides wisdom as well as toughness. “He always knows the answer,” Kentucky’s stud freshman guard Malik Monk said in January. “He has seen everything we haven’t seen. He has been through big games and big road games. He just makes us way more comfortable, knowing we’ll be all right.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd1ciPnTGKg Here's a roundup of all the awards the Cats received today: Associated Press
  • Player of the Year: Malik Monk
  • Newcomer of the Year: Malik Monk
  • First Team: Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox
  • Second Team: Bam Adebayo
SEC Coaches
  • Freshman of the Year: Malik Monk
  • First Team: Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox
  • Second Team: Bam Adebayo,
  • All-Freshman Team: Monk, Fox, Bam
Monk had two other achievements: he is a finalist for the Jerry West Award and was named USBWA District IV Player of the Year.

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