LEXINGTON, Ky. — Rumors are flying about Skal Labissiere, and Kentucky coach John Calipari can’t figure out why.
“This became like a firestorm,” Calipari said on Wednesday. “Where did this come from?”
Last week, news broke that the NCAA was still reviewing Labissiere’s eligibility for the upcoming season. Kentucky’s Haitian-born freshman has already been named a preseason All-American by various outlets, and is currently the Wildcats’ best NBA prospect.
Calipari has said numerous times that Labissiere will have no problems becoming eligible, and that the process will likely extend until Kentucky’s first game against Albany on Nov. 13.
“Last year, we had five players who had a review,” Calipari said. “A couple of them got cleared a week before the game.
“This year, there was more than one. Every year we’ve been here, players go through the review. You won’t believe this: It’s always the best players who go through the review.”
Despite his assuredness, Calipari avoided multiple questions about Labissiere and cut off reporters when the freshman’s name came up during Wednesday’s press conference.
“I already answered that stuff,” he said. “You’re done. Next question.”
He added: “I think my team will be fine, and you guys will figure it out when we go out there the first day and everybody’s got uniforms on. You’ll know, ‘Ahh, they must’ve been cleared.'”
Calipari on Skal Labissiere: "Everything is good to go." But not cleared yet. Says you'll know whether he's eligible on day of 1st game.
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