Cal, Skal have sleepover to solve Labissiere's struggles

12/15/2015 07:28 PM

LEXINGTON — After starting the season hot, Skal Labissiere’s game has turned ice cold for the Kentucky Wildcats.

The former No. 1 recruit reached double figures in four of his first six collegiate games, but has disappeared since, averaging only 4.5 points per game in his last four contests, including a double goose egg performance (0 points, 0 rebounds) vs. Arizona State last Saturday.

  • “This is all a great thing that he’s got to work through, and it’s the first time in his life,” Calipari said after Kentucky’s 72-58 victory over the Sun Devils. “You understand he came from Haiti. He played basketball for a year and a half and then he played church league for two years. He’s never been through any of this. This is all new to him.
  • “Now, he played in a couple games that were more like pickup games. He made some jumpers. He ran up and down. And now there were no men. See, he’s playing against men now. The kid he went against was a senior and just bulldozed him, and he couldn’t play against a man. Well, this is all part of it.”

To help Skal overcome his struggles, UK head coach John Calipari said on his weekly radio show that he invited Labissiere to spend the night at his house after the Arizona State game to talk with him about regaining his confidence on the court.

KSTV discussed Skal’s early season struggles on Tuesday’s show, explaining where he can improve both physically and mentally to get back on track:


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