UK BASKETBALL | Skal Labissiere not yet cleared by NCAA, according to his guardian
10/07/2015 11:59 AM
LEXINGTON — The nation’s No. 1 recruit may a few details left to iron out before he can suit up for the Wildcats this season.
According to a report released by ESPN reporters Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello on Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky’s five-star freshman forward Skal Labissiere has not yet been cleared to play by the NCAA.
Kentucky’s highly touted freshman Skal Labissiere has not yet been cleared by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN: http://t.co/FoknPhgP05— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 7, 2015
“Not yet,” Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. “We’re just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.”
“They haven’t cleared him, but we’re sticking with our faith,” Hamilton added. “There’s no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people.”
According to the article, when asked for a specific reason why the NCAA has yet to clear Labissiere and whether his own relationship with the No. 1 recruit is causing any issues, Hamilton declined to comment.
The NCAA itself has not publicly commented on the alleged hold-up, either.
The 6-11, 225-pound freshman phenom is originally from Haiti and finished No. 1 in the Class of 2015 player rankings on Scout.com. Draftexpress.com also currently projects him to be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Labissiere has been practicing with the UK team so far during the fall and is expected to participate in Kentucky’s annual Big Blue Madness scrimmage on October 16th.
“We don’t confirm eligibility of any of our student-athletes until the first game,” a UK Athletics spokesperson said in response to the ESPN article. “Everyone has been practicing.”
The Wildcats tip off the 2015-16 season at home against Albany on November 13th.
Stayed tuned to mycn2.com/kstv for any updates on Labissiere’s eligibility.