Kentucky freshman center Skal Labissiere has declared for the NBA Draft and will hire an agent, according to a tweet from Kentucky basketball’s official Twitter.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 5, 2016
“I want to thank my family, my coaches, teammates and most importantly I want to thank God for the opportunity that he gave me to represent and play for the University of Kentucky,” Labissiere said in a statement. “I also want to thank the fans for their support through everything this season. I am excited to announce that I am entering the 2016 NBA Draft.”
There’s no other way to say this, but Labissiere is making a terrible decision. Though the No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2015, his lone season at Kentucky was not one to remember at all. Despite having great size at 6-foot-11, 225 pounds, Labissiere averaged just 6.6 points and 3.1 rebounds to go with 1.6 blocks per game. He showed flashes of potential, but was largely inconsistent and averaged just 15.8 minutes after being relegated to a rotational role.
And even worse is that Labissiere has hired an agent, meaning he won’t be able to return to school should he not get a great review from scouts after team workouts and the NBA Scouting Combine next month. Hopefully, he has done his homework and has thought hard about his decision.
Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Labissiere’s path to the NBA!
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