The NBA isn’t the only avenue of professional basketball where the former Kentucky Wildcats are thriving.
Earlier this week, it was announced by the BIG3 that a pair of former ‘Cats, Jodie Meeks and Isaiah Briscoe, have been named All-Stars for the league’s first All-Star Game, which is slated for this Sunday, August 21 at 3:30 p.m. EST on CBS. Meeks played in the UK from 2006 to 2009 while Briscoe was with the Cats from 2015 to 2016.
Meeks will join the DOC team, which is coached by NBA legend Julius Irving. The list consists of well-known hoopers such as Michael Beasley, DeShawn Stevenson, Gerald Green, and Mario Chalmers, among others. As for Briscoe, he won’t actually participate in the All-Star Game as his Trilogy team is scheduled to play in the BIG3 Championship, which immediately follows the All-Star event.
If you’re unfamiliar with BIG3, it’s a 3-in-3 basketball league that was founded in 2017 by rapper/actor Ice Cube. The organization consists of 12 teams, with the majority of players being former NBA players after their respective bonuses. Games are played in half court and use a “four-point shot” from 30 feet from the basket.
For Meeks, it should be a pretty cool weekend for him. With the All-Star Game taking place in Atlanta, it won’t be far at all from where he played his high school hoops in Norcross. Meeks was named the 2006 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year after leading Norcross to a state championship. He was born in Nashville but spent most of his childhood in Georgia and will surely have friends and family at the event.
He was also an easy pick for a spot on the All-Star roster — Meeks averaged 16.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Ball Hogs this season while shooting more than 36 percent from range (and 2 -3 on 4-point shots).
Briscoe also deserved his spot. He was the Week 5 Player of the Week and is averaging 19.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per outing for Trilogy while shooting 44.6 percent overall from the field.
His team will play in Sunday afternoon’s BIG3 title match against Power, which includes the likes of Glen Rice Jr., Royce White and 46-year-old Cuttino Mobley. Briscoe and Trilogy have a shot at becoming the first-ever back-to-back BIG3 champion. Briscoe was a key member of last year’s 2021 title winners.