Kentucky basketball: 5-star freshman Skal Labissiere still not cleared by NCAA
The NCAA still has not cleared Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere to play in 2015-2016.
“We’re just trying to get everything squared away,” Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN.com‘s Jeff Goodman. “They are asking a few questions.”
Born in Haiti, the 6-foot-11 post moved to the Memphis area after an earthquake struck his home country in 2010.
He quickly become one of the top players of the 2015 recruiting class, and is universally projected as an NBA lottery pick in next summer’s draft.
Labissiere was ruled ineligible to play for two Memphis-area high schools before playing his senior season at Reach Your Dream Prep, which his guardian, Hamilton, formed out of thin air.
Several sources told ESPN.com’s Goodman that the NCAA has an issue with Labissiere and Hamilton’s relationship.
Hamilton would not provide an official reason for the holdup.
“They haven’t cleared him, but we’re sticking with our faith,” Hamilton said. “There’s no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people.”
Kentucky opens its regular season Nov. 13 against Albany at Rupp Arena. UK spokesman Eric Lindsey told ESPN.com’s Goodman that the school cannot confirm or deny players’ eligibility until game day.