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Skal Labissiere to Play for New Prep Team This Season
Skal Labissiere made an interesting announcement via Twitter Monday night.
The 6-foot-10 power forward from the Memphis area Tweeted that he would be playing this year for a new prep team.
“Happy to announce that I will be playing my senior year with RYD Prep! #ReachYourDream #letsgetit #blessed.”
Reach Your Dream Prep, which is run by Labissiere’s guardian Gerald Hamilton, has yet to play any games and its website offers few details about a basketball program. Labissiere will still attend Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis. He initially attempted to play at that school but was ruled ineligible due to state transfer rules.
“Gerald got the prep team up and running,” one Division 1 assistant coach told SNY.tv. “[Labissiere] is still going to the same high school. Reach Your Dream is the name of the foundation.”
The coach compared the new prep team to national power Huntington Prep in West Virginia. The students who play and have played for that program, including this year’s No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, attend St. Joseph High School in Huntington.
Reach Your Dream Prep — and Huntington Prep — are scheduled to play in the Kentucky Elite Shootout on Nov. 22, according to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Labissiere is considering Memphis, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Baylor and Georgetown.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.