NBA Scout: Oshae Brissett should ‘absolutely’ return to Syracuse

Oshae Brissett
Mar 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Oshae Brissett (11) posts up against Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite during the Orange's 79-53 loss at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Photo Credit: Initra Marilyn, The Juice Online.

The Juice on the Cuse podcast welcomes NBA Scouting Consultant Ryan Blake on the program. He’s helped direct scouting services for the NBA since 1996. He marshals and compiles the complex data necessary for NBA teams to evaluate current and future NBA draft prospects, and sounds off on Syracuse basketball prospects Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle with host Wes Cheng. Editor in chief Brad Bierman then calls in and talks about Syracuse lacrosse’s early exit from the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

Here are the highlights from the show:

Wesley Cheng: You’ve been scouting NBA talent level for more than 30 years now. If you were to advise Oshae Brissett on whether he should declare for the NBA Draft or return to school, what would you tell him?

Ryan Blake: Absolutely return to school. But that’s not my decision. It’s a personal choice. Whatever reasons that you may have that you want to go. But you’ve opened up some eyes. He’s not ready. He most likely won’t get drafted. You limit your ability to make an NBA team or even the G League. There’s so many good players out there in the G League. These players don’t stop developing once they leave college. They keep getting better and better. The competition is better. I’m a percentage guy. So when you have a chance to get drafted in the first round, you do it because you have a guaranteed contract. Once you’re in the second round, the percentages drop tremendously. You want to do everything you can to invest in your game and give yourself the best opportunity to make the league.


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1. NBA Scouting Consultant Ryan Blake calls in
2. Thoughts on Tyus Battle
3. What is Battle’s true position?
4. Oshae Brissett’s outside shooting
5. Should Brissett stay in the draft or return to school?
6. Editor in chief Brad Bierman calls in
7. Syracuse lacrosse’s loss to Loyola
8. Should John Desko be replaced?

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]