Labissiere goes with Kentucky

Skal Labissiere, a five-star prospect out of Memphis, announced his college choice on Thursday.

For the past two years most thought Skal Labissiere would end up at Memphis. But the tide seemed to change over the past couple of weeks.

Then on Thursday, Labissiere opted for the Kentucky Wildcats, spurning Memphis, Baylor, North Carolina, Georgetown and Tennessee. Labissiere visited all six schools involved.

"Since my freshman year I've always wanted to go there," Labissiere said during his announcement on ESPNU. "I watched Coach Cal on TV. I watched his team with Anthony Davis, Nerlens Noel. That's one of the reasons I worked so hard with my academics and on the court because I wanted to have the chance to play there."

"My freshman year I was really hoping Coach Cal was going to offer," he added. "My sophomore year during the first game of the year he came and watched me and offered me. That's where it all started. I always wanted to go there."

Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 post player, is a tremendous talent than ranks No. 3 overall in Scout.com’s 2015 rankings.

Labissiere has all the tools you look for in a young big man. He clearly has the height, but also the mobility, athleticism, scoring touch and ability to play facing the rim or with his back to it. On top of that, defensively he has potential. He has good timing and with his length is able to get to shots.

During his junior season at Evangelical Christian School, Labissiere only played one game after suffering a back injury. This year he will attend high school at Memphis (Tenn.) Lausanne, but is playing basketball for a prep team called Reach Your Dream.

Labissiere is regarded as a five-star prospect. To go with Labissiere, Kentucky also holds pledges from five-star Isaiah Briscoe and four-star prospect Charles Matthews.

Heading into the signing period, Kentucky wasn't ranked among the top 25 recruiting class. With the additions of Labissiere and Briscoe on Thursday they jumped to No. 2 in Scout.com's recruiting class rankings.


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