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Don’t Underestimate Skal Labissiere.




Chris Fisher of 247 Sports has a great article up about how we shouldn’t count Skal out, even though he has been struggling recently.

In the article, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express told Fisher that,

“People need to remember his background is very different from your typical Kentucky, McDonald’s All-American, one and done guy. He started playing basketball very late, he had a messed up high school career. He missed out on his senior year. His AAU experience was messed up, too, so in terms of experience he’s way behind where most American freshmen are going to be.”

As my dad constantly reminds me, Kentucky fans have the tendency to forget that Skal only played a handful of games last year, most of which were against lesser competition.

“He’s going through a lot right now,” Givony says in the article. “The types of games he’s playing in compared to a year ago. […] When he gets more comfortable, we’ll see him play more to his instincts.”

The best part of the article? Givony compares Skal’s start to KAT’s and we all saw how that turned out.

If you want to read the whole thing, head over here.

Go Cats.

Article written by Miss J.C. Ausmus

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7 Comments for Don’t Underestimate Skal Labissiere.

  1. chris47601
    10:07 pm December 6, 2015 Permalink

    Stop with the KAT comparisons.

    Let him be Skal. Let him grow.

    KAT had PROFESSIONAL level experience playing for the Puerto Rican national team, and he played high level HS/AAU ball.

    • dandycat
      1:05 am December 7, 2015 Permalink

      KAT played for the Dominican National Team…I agree with the sentiment however

  2. Long Dong Silver
    10:14 pm December 6, 2015 Permalink

    Exactly, miss Ausmus.

  3. UKBlue1
    11:19 pm December 6, 2015 Permalink

    Skal only has literally a couple years of basketball experience. Skal doesn’t know foot work, angles or really where to be on the floor. All these things plus the fact he is a bean pole & the other teams players are literally throwing him around. Skal may go first round, but he is a huge project.

  4. yarg
    9:11 am December 7, 2015 Permalink

    This dude has one of the most polished shots for a big man we’ve seen at UK their freshman year. He’ll figure things out.

  5. SoCalCat
    10:00 am December 7, 2015 Permalink

    My wife and I attended the UCLA game with a friend and we felt Skal’s nickname should be Stick; his body has a lot of maturing left to do. I doubt he will be able to significantly bulk up during the season, so he will have to figure out how to finesse his way to more rebounds.

    Skal does have a pretty shot. I doubt he will be remembered for his rebounding skills or muscle play.

    I think the UCLA game amplified to Cal that he has a coaching challenge ahead of him. If he wants to play 3 guards, the team will be exposed by teams that can throw bulk in their front lines. Skal will struggle to be a force inside this year. Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee have bulk but both are limited offensively and will remain inconsistent.

    I like the personalities on the team, but it will be a bumpy ride this year.

  6. gright
    10:38 am December 7, 2015 Permalink

    We may need to play either Wynyard or Humphries with Skal and let him play more on the wing due to his lack or muscle inside at this time. Kaminsky for Wisconsin played more on the wing last year and did well at that position..