Skal Labissiere has been criticized for playing soft in the post, failing to make an impact on defense and coming up short in the rebounding category. At the end of the day, we’re just fans. What do we really know? Former Wildcat big men have more constructive solutions.
Ahead of tonight’s game in Madison Square Garden, Adam Zagoria spoke with Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns isn’t worried about Skal after he failed to record a point, assist or rebound against Bobby Hurley’s Arizona State. After all, Karl only had 3 points and 5 rebounds against Hurley’s team last year.
“They’re thrown in mostly to a professional team, so for a lot of them this is their rookie season in the NBA. So it’s a a process. I think they’re doing a great job just meshing very well. They’re going to continue to get better as the season goes along. We were blessed when I was there to have a great team that meshed very quickly and we also had the Bahamas trip so for them this is kind of their first games ever.”
Karl wasn’t the only former player speaking out about Skal. Jerry Tipton caught up with a plethora of former UK post-players. The most notable was UK’s all-time scoring leader, Dan Issel. Issel can see where Skal is struggling, but remains confident that he’ll figure it out before he leaves UK.
“Instead of bodying up against somebody and keeping that physical contact, he kind of stands. His legs are straight. Then he bends over from the waist, and his hands are out. That’s why he gets in foul trouble because he’s trying to play defense with his hands rather than with the body.”
Issel added, “There’s no doubt in my mind he can do it,” Issel said. “He has all the talent in the world. . . . I think he’s going to be fine. It’s not something you learn overnight.”