John Calipari was back on the recruiting trail Saturday, and it seems the UK coach has his eyes on a big target from the class of 2015.
Skal Labissiere, a 6-foot-9, 200-pound center from Haiti, was the reason for Calipari’s trip to the Memphis area. According to Future150.com, Labissiere was offered a scholarship after Calipari watched him put up a triple-double for Evangelical Christian School.
Labissiere is the No. 6 overall player in the class, according to ESPN.
The 16-year-old has been on quite the journey over the last couple of years.
In 2010, Labissiere survived the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 300,000 people. His story was told over the summer by CBS Sports.
Labissiere came to the United States eight months after the earthquake, first living in Olive Branch, Miss., and then ending up in Memphis.
In the CBS story, Clay Dade, who runs the annual Fab Frosh Camp in Atlanta and has ties to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, recalled his first encounter with Labissiere, who was invited to last year’s camp sight unseen.
“I hadn’t seen him at all. But when I met him, I really was amazed at his politeness, his friendly demeanor,” Dade said. “He was anxious to show what he could do against the best players from around the country. And from his first game, he was dominant. My jaw dropped. He was impressive the entire time. He won our ‘Top Prospect To Watch’ award at the camp.”
Before Saturday, New Jersey standout Karl Towns was the only 2015 recruit to have a UK scholarship offer. Towns is scheduled to announce his college decision Dec. 4, and it’s expected he will eventually join the class of 2014.