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LV Prospects sophomore O'Shae Brissett capitalizing on opportunities

By Alec Kinsky, D1 Circuit, 05/19/15, 4:00PM EDT


Entering the 2015 season, no one knew how things would pan out for the debuting Las Vegas Prospects. A team comprised almost completely of underclassmen, Director Anthony Brown's squad is off to an 8-4 start through three sessions.

A big reason for the success has been the emergence of their sophomore swingman, O'Shae Brissett. Standing at 6-foot-8 with the ability to slide into multiple roles, Brissett has quickly made a name for himself on the EYBL circuit.

The Canadian-product will step into a premier role at Las Vegas high school powerhouse Findlay Prep, and he is using his EYBL experience to ensure he is ready to be relied upon.

D1's Alec Kinsky caught up with Brissett, delving into a variety of topics about his young basketball career. Check out the full interview below.

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The Interview: LV Prospects Forward O'Shae Brissett

Alec Kinsky: How’s the session going? You guys just picked up a huge win over Houston Hoops.

O’Shae Brissett: Everybody knows Houston Hoops is a good team. Coach just told us going in that we have to be mentally prepared. The crowd was into it, it’s their town. So, I think it was a great win for us. Everyone grew up on the court.

Alec Kinsky: As a young team, is this a win that proves you fellas are contenders?

O’Shae Brissett: Most definitely. I’ve been hearing that Houston Hoops is supposed to win it all during the Peach. So this win is going to motivate us going forward.

Alec Kinsky: What is the strongest aspect of your game?

O’Shae Brissett: I can defend multiple positions on the court with my length. I want to develop to be able to break down a defender one-on-one, that will help me and make it easier at the next level.

Alec Kinsky: Anything you’re working on in particular?

O’Shae Brissett: Definitely a more consistent shot. Once you have a more consistent shot, it makes it easier to get in the lane and attack. Just a more consistent shot for me.

Alec Kinsky: How does playing at Findlay Prep help you? Does it get you ready for this?

O’Shae Brissett: Exactly that. Our last game we went up against Montverde and Ben Simmons. Most of the time I was on him so that was good experience for me.  Especially when I get to college, I’m going to have to play guys much older than me and much more experienced. Going to Findlay Prep is a great opportunity to develop.

Alec Kinsky: How did you wind up at Findlay Prep?

O’Shae Brissett: It all started with my good friend and teammates Justin Jackson. We’ve been teammates for a while. Once he got the offer to go there, he recommended my name. The first year was more of a learning experience, then this year I got to play more and my name got out there. Next year, I think we’re going to do well.

Alec Kinsky: Who was impressed you on the Prospects?

O’Shae Brissett: Markus (Howard). He always shows up. He was knocking down his shots and that’s great for us, having a knock down shooter like that. Tryo is obviously running the point really well. And Chuck (Charles O’Bannon III) coming off the bench for us.

Alec Kinsky: Any goals for the summer?

O’Shae Brissett: Just develop. That’s really my biggest thing right now. Get ready for next year and make a name for myself.

Alec Kinsky: What is going to factor into your college decision?

O’Shae Brissett: Just a school that can benefit me. Academics is a big part for me because everyone needs a plan B. I’m going to need my academics so that’s big for me. Playing time obviously, everyone wants to play.

Alec Kinsky: Any idea what you want to study?

O’Shae Brissett: I haven’t really thought about that yet. Architecture something I’m interested in.