Thomas Stone guard M.J. Briscoe had to wait patiently until after his senior season to pick up his first Division I scholarship offer, but his marathon recruitment ended Monday with a sprint to the finish.
Briscoe orally committed to North Carolina A&T this week, choosing the Aggies over Morgan State and a pair of late-charging suitors. The 6-foot-1 guard said Loyola (Md.) and Miami (Ohio) both stepped in with offers on Monday.
The late offers “didn’t really affect me that much because in my mind, I had already decided where I was going,” said Briscoe, who plans to sign next week. “It just gave us something else to talk about and take into consideration.”
Briscoe, who averaged 19.3 points per game as a senior, took an official visit to North Carolina A&T last month and was sold on the chance to make an impact right away for a team that graduated seven seniors off its NCAA tournament squad.
This season, the Aggies captured the Mid-Eastern Conference tournament title as the No. 7 seed, beating Morgan State, which was the first school to offer Briscoe.
The Aggies then won their NCAA tournament play-in game over Liberty before falling to eventual national champion Louisville. The team featured four players who attended high school in the Washington area.
He said he’ll be expected to play point guard at the next level and hopes to earn a share of the position with rising seniors Jeremy Underwood (Coolidge) and Lamont Middleton next year.
“They have a good engineering program, and when I went down there it really seemed that they cared a lot about school,” said Briscoe, who led Thomas Stone in scoring each of the past three seasons. “I know some people down there. It seemed like the place where I need to be.”
Recruit Watch: The latest offers, commitments and signings