Peach Jam Notebook: Caleb Swanigan, Isaiah Briscoe updates
Updates on Isaiah Briscoe and Caleb Swanigan, plus a recap of all our recruiting coverage from the past week.
As always, it was a great week down South at the Nike Peach Jam -- and the other events in the area, including the Under Armour Finals, Elite Youth Invitational and Peach State. We've provided plenty of coverage over the past several days. If you missed it, here's a recap.
- Ten thoughts from the Nike Peach Jam and Under Armour Finals
- Peach Jam Notebook: Ben Simmons is No. 1; latest on Cheick Diallo
- UAA Finals Notebook: Schools watch Derrick Jones; Danjel Purifoy update
- Package deals are harder than Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones made it look
- Those two years at Prime Prep put Emmanuel Mudiay in a tough spot
- Elite RB Soso Jamabo shines at Peach Jam; could he be two-sport star?
- Versatile five-star forward Henry Ellenson drawing Dirk Nowitzki comparisons
- Five-star guard Allonzo Trier makes case to be best scoring guard in 2015
- Elite prospect Harry Giles III looks to regain spot among the best in 2016
- Chance Comanche plans visit to Arizona, also has list of top seven schools
- Kansas and Arizona making an impression on top-40 big man Tyler Davis
- WATCH: LSU-bound No. 1 Ben Simmons dominates at Peach Jam
A couple of other blurbs before we close the notebook on the second evaluation period, though.
Caleb Swanigan working on quickness and athleticism
There's a clear difference between Caleb Swanigan and some of the other top big men in the class of 2015. While Ivan Rabb and Cheick Diallo are long and lean, Swanigan is a bigger player who enjoys doing his damage on the block.
Swanigan notices the same thing -- and he's working on it.
"Thomas [Bryant] and Cheick, they get off the ground quick and they're long," Swanigan said. "I've gotta improve my explosiveness so I can get off the ground and finish over or through those guys. I'm getting there, but there's alwyays room for improvement."
Swanigan is listed at 6-foot-9 and 265 pounds, but he wasn't always that way. In eighth grade, he was 6-foot-4 and 350 pounds -- and Swanigan has even lost 15-20 pounds since last summer.
"Working hard," he said. "Lot of cardio and making sure I eat right."
Michigan State has been pursuing Swanigan for a few years, while Louisville recently turned up the heat when it added assistant coach Kenny Johnson from Indiana. Kentucky offered on Monday.
Swanigan is ranked No. 17 in the class of 2015 in the 247Sports Composite.
Isaiah Briscoe transitioning to full-time point guard
Isaiah Briscoe has always been looked at as a scoring guard, a physical player who needed the ball in his hands and looked for his own shot first.
That's changed this spring and summer, as Briscoe has been making the move to a full-time point guard role. His attempts are way down from last season, but his shooting percentages and assist numbers have increased in a major way.
The Roselle Catholic (N.J.) product is ranked No. 11 in the 247Sports Composite, but he's clearly made his case as the best point guard in the class.
“Being more of a leader," Briscoe said. "Increasing my IQ, poise, things like that.”
Briscoe has a list of seven schools: Villanova, St. John's, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Arizona, Louisville and Connecticut.
He says he has no leaders and no timetable, but he might trim his list before school starts and begin taking visits.
"I'm just taking my time," Briscoe said.
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