Labissiere to play basketball this season after all

 Posted by at 10:18 PM on October 27, 2014
Oct 272014


It appears that five-star forward Skal Labissiere will play basketball this season, despite a transfer flap with his former high school.

The UK recruit tweeted Monday night that he will play for “RYD Prep” this season.

“Happy to announce that I will be playing my senior year with RYD Prep! #ReachYourDream #letsgetit #blessed,” Labissiere said in the tweet.

Reach Your Dream Academy — the team Labissiere is referencing — is scheduled to play in the Kentucky Elite Shootout at Perry Central High School on Nov. 22. The Shootout is a pre-season event that will also include Huntington Prep (W.Va.), 22ft Academy and several Kentucky schools.

RYD Academy is also scheduled to play at least two games in Kentucky in December, though those matchups have not yet been finalized.

Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, runs the Reach Your Dream foundation, which has brought Labissiere and other kids to the United States. Labissiere came to the U.S. from Haiti after his family’s home was destroyed in the devastating 2010 earthquake there.

Hamilton did not return a phone call from the Herald-Leader late last week regarding the Reach Your Dream basketball team.

Labissiere spent the past two years at Evangelical Christian School near Memphis, though he missed much of his junior season with a back injury. He attempted to transfer and play for Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis earlier this year, but he was ruled ineligible due to state transfer rules. Labissere tweeted Tuesday morning that he will continue to take classes at Lausanne and graduate from that school.

RYD Academy is expected to play a full schedule this season.

Labissiere has narrowed his college choices to Memphis, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Baylor and Georgetown. ranks him as the No. 3 player in the class.


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