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NJ Playaz guard Isaiah Briscoe defends basketball

Roselle Catholic (Newark, N.J.) and NJ Playaz star says it's a no brainer for basketball



Roselle Catholic (Newark, N.J.) and NJ Playaz star Isaiah Briscoe is the No. 15 recruit in the country.  / 247Sports

NJ Playaz guard Isaiah Briscoe wants to hear the question again.

He’s certain that he didn’t hear it right the first time.

“You asked what now?” he said. “What sport produces the best athletes? Really?”

For Briscoe, it’s a no-brainer.

“Basketball, by a lot!” Briscoe said. “No other sport requires as much athletic ability as basketball. None. Just think about LeBron James. Who in the world is a better athlete than him? And what sport does he play? Exactly!”

Here’s how he backed up his claim.

Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?

“There are so many reasons, but just thinking about the constant running. The constant jumping. The constant change of pace. Everything. And you’ve got to do all of that at the highest level to even compete.”

For anyone who disagrees, what drill specific to your sport would you like to see them try?

“We’ve got this drill where you sprint down to one end of the court then when you’re headed back someone throws the ball out and it can only bounce one time. Then coach yells either “pull-up” or “layup” or “dunk” and you’ve gotta do it. The worst part is that it’s at the end of the workout and you’ve gotta have 10 makes. It’s crazy hard.”

What is the second-toughest sport behind yours?

“Lacrosse.”

What's the best measure of a true athlete (strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?

“I think it’s agility and mobility. When you’ve got that you can just do so much more.”

Who is the best athlete in your sport, past or present?

“LeBron James, of course.”

 What is the best example of something you did personally that shows why your sport has the ultimate athlete?

“Once in a game I got a steal, took two steps and dunked on this guy. That’s one of those plays that you’ve really gotta be athletic to do because you’ve got to jump higher then throw the ball down with a lot of strength and have the right angle to make it all work.”

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