Five Schools Prioritizing Labissiere

LAS VEGAS --- There's no question that Skal Labissiere has become a priority for Roy Williams and North Carolina.

The skilled 6-11 post player received a scholarship offer from Roy Williams on Monday. And when the third and final July Evaluation Period began on Friday, the UNC head coach was in Las Vegas watching the Top 10 prospect.

“That was the second time I’ve talked to Coach Williams,” Labissiere said of Monday's phone call. “It’s a great school. They use their big guys well."

The Tar Heels have already begun pushing for him to visit Chapel Hill.

"They are going to try and get me on an official visit up there and we’ll go from there," he said.

Labissiere was superb on Friday night, as he showed his full scoring arsenal. He hit catch and shoot jump shots from the perimeter, made a right jump hook, ran the floor for points and impacted the game with his shot blocking. But that wasn’t enough for Scout.com’s No. 10 prospect in the 2015 class.

“I could have played more aggressive when I got the ball in the post,” Labissiere said. "I’m working on attacking the basket more instead of settling for the jumper. In the offseason I’m going to work on getting stronger, that’s my main problem.

At his size and with the tools at his disposal, its no surprise Labissiere is a hot commodity among college programs. According to him there are five schools that are making him a priority.

“Really Memphis, Kentucky, Ole Miss and North Carolina now and Georgetown too,” Labissiere said.

“They are just getting in contact with me more,” he added. “They call more. They text my guardian a lot.”

While UNC is starting to ramp up its interest, Memphis has been there from day one and they’ve been tracking him from event to event this July.

“It’s a great school,” Labissiere said. “Coach [Josh] Pastner and coach [Robert] Kirby, he’s been recruiting me. They were the first school to offer and we’ve been talking since then, since the eighth grade really. They have a great fan base over there and obviously it’s my second home.”

John Calipari and Kentucky have been heavily involved for quite some time as well.

“It’s a great school,” he said. “What’s not to like about Coach Cal? He sends guys to the pros and it’s a great program.”

Mississippi has received quite a bit of buzz around Labissiere’s recruitment as of late.

“They are an hour away,” the Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian standout said. “Obviously that’s close to home. It’s a great program.”

Georgetown is selling its history of talented big men and Labissiere is paying close attention to that.

“It’s a big man school,” he said. ‘Their offense runs through their big men, so that’s something I’m really looking into.”

Labissiere said he wants to start setting up college visits following this final July evaluation period, which ends on Sunday.

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