Apr 222015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

UK signee Skal Labissiere has been named the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com, which posted its final rankings Wednesday.

Labissiere — a 7-footer from Haiti now living in the Memphis area — wowed scouts and recruiting analysts during the recent all-star circuit with his versatile and ever-evolving game. He signed with Kentucky in November.

He is John Calipari’s first No. 1 recruit in the Rivals.com rankings since John Wall signed with the Wildcats in 2009. Former UK players Anthony Davis, Nerlens Noel and Julius Randle were all ranked No. 2 in the final Rivals rankings in their respective classes.

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Apr 072015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

Top basketball scouts and analysts are spending this week in Portland, Ore., for the Nike Hoop Summit, and they clearly like what they’ve seen so far from UK signee Skal Labissiere.

DraftExpress.com moved Labissiere to the No. 1 spot in its 2016 NBA mock draft after Tuesday’s practice performance. The future Wildcat measured at 7 feet and 216 pounds Monday. He will represent the World Select Team in Saturday’s game.

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Apr 062015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

No matter who leaves Lexington for the NBA this year, UK will have at least one 7-footer on next season’s roster.

UK signee Skal Labissiere measured 7 feet Monday in Portland, Ore., where he’s spending the week preparing for Saturday’s Nike Hoop Summit. Labissiere — a native of Haiti — will represent the World Select Team in Saturday’s game.

Measurements for the World team were released Monday and are listed below for Labissiere, UK commitment Tai Wynyard — a member of the class of 2016 — and UK targets Cheick Diallo and Thon Maker.

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Mar 102015
 
Tai Wynyard

Tai Wynyard

UK’s only basketball commitment for the class of 2016 will be among the international players at next month’s Nike Hoop Summit game, according to a report Tuesday.

European scout Can Pelister of NewBasketballGeneration.com revealed the roster for the Hoop Summit World Select Team on Tuesday. The list includes New Zealand native Tai Wynyard, who has committed to UK for 2016, and UK signee Skal Labissiere, a native of Haiti.

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Mar 052015
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

All three of John Calipari’s signees for the class of 2015 will play in next month’s Jordan Brand Classic.

One of Matthew Mitchell’s signees was also chosen for the event, which will feature a girls game for the first time this year.

The rosters for the Jordan Brand Classic were released Thursday morning. The games will be played April 17 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the boys game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.

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Feb 182015
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

UK basketball signee Skal Labissiere will play in the Nike Hoop Summit in April, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

The annual game in Portland, Ore., pits a team of American-born high school players against the World Select Team, consisting of some of the best amateur international prospects.

Labissiere — a native of Haiti — will play for the World Select Team, which is also expected to include UK recruiting target Cheick Diallo. That roster will be made official next month. The game will be played April 11.

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Jan 292015
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

Bryant

Bryant

UK signee Skal Labissiere and one of the Wildcats’ top recruiting targets for the class of 2015 will play two games each at the Huntington Invitational starting Thursday in West Virginia.

Huntington Prep big man Thomas Bryant plays Thursday and Friday, while Labissiere will be in action Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. All games will be played at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

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Dec 182014
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

UK basketball signee Skal Labissiere’s team is now scheduled to play two games at the Mustang Madness event at McCracken County High School next month, the Herald-Leader learned Wednesday night.

Labissiere and Reach Your Dream Prep will play Saturday, Jan. 10 against Faith Baptist (Ga.) and Sunday, Jan. 11 against a team yet to be named. Labissiere played at the Marshall County Hoop Fest and Legacy Nissan Classic in Kentucky earlier this month.

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Dec 062014
 
Labissiere

Labissiere

BENTON, Ky. — UK signee Skal Labissiere scored 33 points in an amazing individual performance against Oak Hill Academy at the Marshall County Hoop Fest on Friday night.

After the game, he discussed a wide range of topics related to his high school career and his recruitment:

What was it like playing in Kentucky for the first time as a UK signee?

“It was fun. I saw how crazy the fans are and how much they care about their players. It was a great experience.”

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Dec 062014
 
Skal Labissiere

Skal Labissiere

BENTON, Ky. – A few minutes after Skal Labissiere played his first game in Kentucky as a UK signee, his legal guardian stood on the court and spoke to reporters for nearly 30 minutes.

Gerald Hamilton, the man who brought Labissiere to the United States from Haiti four years ago and has been at the middle of his recruitment, declined to specifically address many of the negative stories that have been written about him in recent months, but he was clear about one thing.

Hamilton is not at all worried about Labissiere’s eligibility at Kentucky.

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