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Get to Know 2015 Haitian Sensation

As the man never lets up Cal was once again on the recruiting trail yesterday in Memphis to take in 2015 center Skal Labissiere. The sixteen year old went to work for Coach Cal as he put up a triple double against nearby Collierville, Tn. Cal must have seen something he liked because according to the big man received an offer to come play for the Blue and White.

Labissiere now joins phenom Karl Towns as the only members of the 2015 class to hold an offer from the Cats. Skal is currently the sixth ranked sophomore according to ESPN and the third best center, behind Towns. Skal currently runs 6-9, 200 lbs but at only 16 there is certainly time to grow and they guy knows something about growth. He has experienced a lot in just 16 years.

Labissiere was living in Port Au Prince when the devastating earthquake struck and sat with his family, trapped, as his house collapsed around him. He was in the wreckage for three hours until he was finally rescued. From there he has made his way to the U. S.  through the Reach Your Dream program, a service that relocates disadvantaged children to America. Now, a year and a half later, he has learned English, won a state championship, and received an offer from the best program in college hoops. Check out the article on his impressive story from ESPNHS.

If Skal joins Towns we could be will on our way to the most international roster since the days of Tubby. While his decision is probably long away the miracle of the interwebs has some videos that will allow you to get to know the 2015 Haitian Sensation.

Come on down!




Article written by Andrew Cassady

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21 Comments for Get to Know 2015 Haitian Sensation

  1. Jason
    12:07 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like another AD!!!

  2. FakeArtieLange
    12:11 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    This kid is off the charts at that size and only 16!

  3. Gabe
    12:17 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like a criminal to me.

  4. Brett
    12:21 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like he has tremendous work ethic! Silky smooth jumpers as well. Looking forward to seeing more of this young man.

  5. sensai
    12:23 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Like how he can use his right and left hand on shots. Also like the extended workout video over the random highlights of summer league games CLH usually produces.

  6. Walter Sobchak
    12:38 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    He does have that smooth Anthony Davis jump shot. Yes please.

  7. BleedingBlue79
    12:41 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I’m anything but an expert scout, so I can’t tell much from this video, but at this point, if Cal wants a recruit, I’m sold. On top of that, a kid coming from earthquake-ravaged Haiti to play at UK & then (potentially) going to the NBA & becoming a millionaire, has to be something Cal would love to be able to help make happen.

  8. wiltjer43
    12:53 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, Please! Kids got some AD and Tayshaun Prince in him.

  9. Coach
    12:54 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Kevin Durant anyone ??

  10. Jordan
    1:03 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Towns and him together would be crazy.

  11. jaxcats8503
    1:05 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Towns is going to reclassify to 2014, so he will not play with this kid. Probably why Cal offered him. Next Anthony Davis perhaps…

  12. Mike
    1:26 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know if he can play basketball but he sure seems to have the pregame stretching down

  13. Bluehills
    1:26 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Imagine this kid at Kentucky and the references that will be made to the “Hoops For Haiti” telethon.

    Of course, UofL Fans and Jerry Tipton will think they have a “gotcha” moment and how this just proves Cal only did the “Hoops For Haiti” telethon because he immediately got word a child was trapped who if saved could become a top level basketball recruit.

    Regardless, simply further proof Cal is a genius.

  14. paying customer
    1:27 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Why don’t we just rename this site House of Blue?

  15. Walsh is Gay
    1:51 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    First off, when he’s drilling those hook shots, his release is almost even with the rim. Good gracious.

    Second, the defense the older guy in the blue shirt plays is hilarious – the “body up, then take one good swipe of the paw at the ball” D. Excellent.

  16. Come on down
    1:59 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    I like this kid! He will be great.

  17. westerncat
    2:30 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink


  18. KYStout
    2:43 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    The NCAA is probably chomping at the bit to rule this kid ineligible. Probably for something like “the guy that pulled him out of the rubble in Haiti once played in a pickup game with Wyclef Jean” or some other absurd reason.

  19. KYStout
    2:49 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    Mark Emmert and the NCAA are probably looking into whether or not the Haitian relief efforts will be considered “impermissible benefits”.

  20. Worthless Comment
    3:39 pm November 18, 2012 Permalink

    #8 Agree wholeheartedly….Tayshaun all the way…except this kid’s dominant hand is opposite, right ?

  21. Walden
    5:33 am November 20, 2012 Permalink

    Very impressed. Aside from being a little underweight, looks like he’s got it all.