Announcement Primer: Skal Labissiere

The nation's No. 3 overall prospect is set to announce, and here is a look at Skal Labissiere's recruitment, his talent, and picks on where he will end up.

The Recruitment

This will likely go down as one of the more interesting recruitments in a long time. With Skal Labissiere not being from the United States, he is a native Haitian, he didn’t have a lot of preconceived notions of schools heading into the process, and had to rely a lot more on his guardian for help as he simply wasn’t as familiar with the college basketball landscape.

Living in Memphis and being a frequent guest of the Tigers, many pegged very early on that they would be tough to beat. Most assumed his guardian would want him close to home, and that the comfort with the program would be tough to beat.

Even with that, schools such as Ole Miss, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Baylor, and Georgetown were also there in the mix.

When Ole Miss got cut, that opened some eyes since most felt they would be a potential dark horse in this recruitment. All the while everybody was sure to not count out Kentucky, and as Memphis started to fade, the Wildcats began to gain momentum.

Now on the day of his announcement most feel that there is only one school remaining, and that it is the Wildcats.

The Talent

With Labissiere there is really nothing he struggles to do on a basketball court for his size. He is a very good athlete, he runs the floor well, he keeps getting stronger, has a nice touch shooting the ball, blocks shots, and is a willing rebounder. Add in the fact that he still has upside and untapped potential, and it is easy to see why he is considered such an elite prospect.

If there is one criticism with Labissiere it is that at times he can disappear and his effort can be subpar, but more often than not he brings it, and now that he is getting more comfortable with the game, those moments where he simply blends in are getting shorter and short.

Overall there isn’t much to critique with Labissiere. Like all kids he must get stronger and must continue to refine his skills in order to make it at the highest level, but the talent is all there, and his game has been consistently moving in the right direction.


Brian Snow: Nothing is ever as it seems when it comes to Labissiere, but in this case pretty much everyone is in complete and total agreement on where he will end up playing his college ball. Kentucky has done a good job here recruiting the talented big, and for a while most felt it would be Memphis, now everyone behind the scenes is indicating that the Wildcats will be the choice. Prediction: KENTUCKY

Evan DanielsFor a good amount of time most -- including myself -- thought Skal Labissiere would end up playing for Josh Pastner at Memphis. Things seem to have changed quickly. All signs point to Labissiere committing to Kentucky on Thursday night. Prediction: KENTUCKY

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