Isaiah Briscoe’s path to the NBA draft almost took an interesting route.
Talking to Kentucky Sports Radio this week, Briscoe revealed that he was supposed to be on Flight 3411, which garnered headlines around the world after airport police forcibly removed a passenger who refused to surrender his seat despite the demand of management.
The passenger, David Dao, had paid for his seat, but a sellout (previously believed to be an overbook) led to Dao being randomly chosen to give up his seat. When he didn’t, authorities physically took him out, resulting in Dao suffering multiple injuries.
Briscoe says a set of circumstances led to him not boarding the flight, which was going from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Louisville (Ky.) International Airport.
“I showed the lady my pass, and she told me I was on standby, and I wasn’t on standby, so I moved to the side and watched my plane; I watched the people board my plane,” Briscoe said. “I went back up, and the guy told me that I missed my plane.”
Briscoe was asked if he would’ve given up his seat in that situation.
“There’s no way. Absolutely not,” Briscoe said. “I don’t know what would’ve happened, but I would not have been dragged off that plane.”
Briscoe talked about other things during the interview, including St. John’s and UConn being his other potential college destinations if he didn’t go to Kentucky.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Briscoe averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Wildcats last season.