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By DAVE SPAHNSpecial to ZAGSBLOGCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Very few players have made ripples in scouting circles lately like Skal Labissiere has.
Arguably the top camper at the Elite 100 camp in St. Louis last weekend, Labissiere put his full arsenal of abilities on display. So far at the NBPA Top 100 camp, Labissiere has continued his hot streak.
Blessed with incredible length and athleticism, the 6-foot-9 Labissiere out of Cordova (TN) Evangelical Christian is a shot-blocking machine down low. He thrives as a face-up player who can knock down mid-range jumpers but post up smaller defenders when necessary.
The 2015 star has opened the eyes of many over the past two seasons, and college coaches have begun lining up at his doorstep in hopes of obtaining a commitment.
“Recruiting right now is still the same really,” Labissiere said. “Syracuse, Kentucky, Memphis, Auburn, and Kansas have all offered. UCLA, Georgetown, and Tennessee are showing interest. I’m pretty wide open with my recruitment right now.”
A native of Haiti, Labissiere fled to Memphis after the tragic Haiti earthquakes destroyed his community. He hasn’t visited many schools during his time in the states, but he did note one place he would like to see.
“A visit to Kentucky would be cool. I want to see Rupp Arena,” said Labissiere, currently ranked No. 6 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.
Labissiere also knows the rarity of Kentucky offering players during their freshman or sophomore seasons and appreciates the offer.
“It’s a real honor,” he said. “It’s awesome. I’m so thankful they offered. I really like them.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.