PADUCAH — Without its star player, Evangelical Christian (Tenn.) lost 47-37 to Quality Education Academy (N.C.) on Saturday at Mustang Madness.
Class of 2015 big man Skal Labissiere — a top UK recruiting target — missed his 14th consecutive game with a stress fracture in his spine. Labissiere was hurt during Evangelical’s second game of the season back in November. The team is now 8-8 on the season, but Coach Terry Tippett said they probably “wouldn’t have lost but a couple” if he were in the lineup.
The last thing Tippett wants is to rush Labissiere back from the injury.
“He’s feeling better,” Tippett said. “He wants to play. It’s driving him crazy that he can’t play. But it’s still sore. The doctor said the target date is Jan. 27. So we’re looking forward to that.
“But he has a career beyond high school. So we have to be careful. I want him to get well, and I don’t want to push him.”
Labissiere has a doctor’s appointment set for Jan. 27. If everything checks out, he’ll be able to return. If not, he’ll continue to sit.
His recruitment has been on hold since the injury.
Labissiere was the first player from the Class of 2015 to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky. Other schools that are involved include Memphis, Kansas, Louisville, Baylor, Louisiana State and Georgetown.
Scout.com ranks Labissiere as the No. 5 overall junior in the country.