Coolidge guard Sam Briggs has displayed the talent needed to play basketball at the Division I level, and his sweet outside stroke drew interest from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Delaware State and Morgan State. But the recent Coolidge graduate struggled to obtain a qualifying score on the SAT needed to nab an NCAA scholarship offer.
With each test he inched closer to the NCAA Eligibility Center’s requirement, but after four attempts he was short of qualifying. His confidence never wavered, however, as he continued to study and believe he would become NCAA eligible. On June 7, Briggs took the SAT for a fifth time. His score made him eligible for an NCAA scholarship and ended the grueling process.
The three aforementioned schools offered after getting word of the news, and on Wednesday he committed to Morgan State. The Bears began showing interest in Briggs in April, and left a spot open for him as he worked to qualify.
“It was getting late, and with workouts about to start I thought going to Morgan State would be a good challenge for me,” Briggs said. “I really didn’t have much to choose from, but I wanted to make sure the choice I made was a good one.”
An honorable mention All-Met, Briggs averaged 15.2 points per game for the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association finalist Colts. He led the team in three-pointers made (45) and shot 86 percent from the free-throw line (91-for-105).
Briggs spent most of his time at the off-guard spot at Coolidge, but at 6-foot-1, he will learn the intricacies of the point guard position at Morgan State. He said it’s likely he will redshirt his freshman season as he adds weight to his 170-pound frame and develops for the lead guard position.
He has worked to get ready for college this summer by completing mile workouts and ball handling drills with trainer Reggie Holley for four hours a day.
“I’ve been working out with him the last two months, and I think if I started working out with him earlier I would be stronger and wouldn’t have to redshirt,” Briggs said.
Shooting is a trait in the Briggs family — Aaron Briggs poured in 62 three-pointers this season which ranked 17th in the area.
“I talked to my cousin and he was telling me some good things,” Sam Briggs said. “He said with waiting you can see where you really want to go, and not wind up not liking a school.”