Kentucky five-star center Skal Labissiere has yet to be cleared by the NCAA, and that could be a problem with the start of the season just five weeks away. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello reported more in a report.
Per said report, there are questions surrounding Labissiere’s relationship with guardian Gerald Hamilton, who brought him to the United States from Haiti in 2010. Hamilton also ran the Reach Your Dream Foundation, a program that brings international basketball prospects to the United States.
The questions surrounding Hamilton also lead to more surrounding Labissiere’s academics. The report offered further detail:
Labissiere arrived in the United States in 2010 from Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the country. Hamilton has moved Labissiere from Evangelical Christian School to Lausanne Collegiate – also in Memphis — where he was ruled ineligible to play. Labissiere wound up playing for Memphis-based Reach Your Dream Prep – which was formed by Hamilton to give the talented big man somewhere to play for his senior campaign.
There’s no doubt that the NCAA is strict regarding player eligibility, especially coming out of high school, and the fact that Reach Your Dream Prep was formed after Labissiere was deemed ineligible at another more established high school is going to raise some red flags. Kentucky has a deep team and should still be competitive without Labissiere, but his size and power would be a huge loss to the Wildcats if he is deemed ineligible.
Campus Sports will update Labissiere’s status as any new information becomes available.
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