Labissiere a top target
Five-star center Skal Labissiere has been seen as one of the top players in the 2015 class for some time. The Memphis (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian standout is an athletic and mobile 6-foot-11 center who feels he is just now rounding back into shape. “I came back from an injury where I was out for four months, and it took me a little while to get back into the flow of the game,” said Labissiere. “I feel I have gotten my explosion back, I am a shot blocker, and I am now blocking shots like I was, and I am a rebounder, and I feel like I am getting back to doing that.” One thing that Labissiere has been working hard on is his shooting and at the Reebok Breakout Camp he showed a much improved touch in the mid-range, and also he was able to use the dribble more. “It felt good,” said Labissiere. “I have put a lot of time in the gym to get better with my shooting and ball handling, and I have really worked on that, and it feels good to have that hard work payoff.” Recruiting wise Labissiere has a long list of schools after him, “Kentucky, Memphis, Georgetown, Florida, UNLV, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and a few other schools.” North Carolina is one of the newer schools showing interest in Labissiere and he says it is good to hear from the Tar Heels. “They have been me texting me quite a bit lately,” said Labissiere. “They haven’t offered, but they said they are going to watch me in July and continue to talk to me.” Kentucky has been on Labissiere for a while and he likes the Wildcats program. “It is cool to hear from Coach Cal,” said Labissiere. “He is a great guy and it seems like a great program, so it is good to hear from them.” Another school that has been on Labissiere for a while is Memphis. It is close to home and he has built a strong relationship with the coaching staff. “I go up there a lot and play pickup ball with the guys,” said Labissiere. “Me and Coach (Robert) Kirby have a great relationship and Coach (Josh) Pastner is a great guy who builds relationships with his players. I really like it there.” For now Labissiere has no visit plans set up but he will take some after July. When it comes to picking a school, Labissiere knows what is the most important factor to him. “It will just be my relationship with teammates,” said Labissiere. “I want to be on a team with guys who want to win and are unselfish. I am all about winning so that is the most important thing to me.”
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