Thomas Stone’s bid for its fourth boys’ basketball region title in five years came up short in Friday’s Maryland 3A South final at No. 8 Potomac (Md.), but senior Michael Briscoe made sure the Cougars didn’t go down quietly in a back-and-forth 76-70 loss.
The 6-foot-2 point guard closed his career with the kind of stat-stuffing performance Coach Dale Lamberth has come to expect over the past three years, posting 18 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
“To me, he was the best player out on the floor,” Lamberth said.
Of course, highly coveted Potomac (Md.) junior Dion Wiley was also out there, scoring a game-high 24 points to power the Wolverines to their first state tournament since 2006.
Sharing the spotlight with Wiley may have its benefits in the long run for Briscoe, who is still searching for a college home. As usual, the 6-foot-4 Wiley helped draw a crowd of recruiters to Oxon Hill, including representatives from DePaul and Georgetown.
Briscoe, who averaged 19.3 points per game this season, has attracted interest from several Division I programs, notably DePaul, George Mason, Radford and Qunnipiac, according to Lamberth. Down a level, the coach has had conversations with the staff at Wheeling Jesuit about Briscoe, who will be a full-qualifier academically when he finds a suitor.
Briscoe saw limited varsity action at the end of his freshman season, scoring three points in three games, and he’s been a starter ever since, leading the team in scoring each of the past three seasons. That includes last year when he led the Cougars to the Maryland 3A final where they fell to Aquille Carr and Patterson.
With 1,157 career points, Briscoe finishes second on the school’s all-time scoring list behind Shaun Perkins, a 1997 graduate who had 1,464 points.
At Thomas Stone, Briscoe has handled point guard duties, touching the ball on almost every possession, but Lamberth believes he’s improved his outside shooting enough to play the off guard position in college, if necessary.
“Somebody’s going to pick up a really good guard,” Lamberth said. “It’s just taking a while.”