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Labissiere to Sports Illustrated: “I’m going to be eligible”

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Luke Winn over at SportsIllustrated.com has a lengthy piece on Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and the long journey that brought him to Lexington.

It begins with the story of Labissiere surviving the devastating earthquake in 2010, a story most of us know by now, although Winn takes us even further into Labissiere’s childhood. Then we’re introduced to Gerald Hamilton, his American guardian who is part of the reason Labissiere’s eligibility is currently in question.

In the article, Hamilton said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy offered him one of his three full-time assistant coaching positions, hoping to also land Labissiere. That, of course, did not work out for Kennedy and Labissiere is at Kentucky, insisting he will be eligible for the upcoming season.

I’m going to be eligible,” he told SI. “We didn’t do anything under the table.

There is plenty more on Labissiere and how he became the projected No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, as well as more on his relationship with Hamilton and arrival from Haiti. I highly encourage you to check it out.

[After the quake: Skal Labissiere’s incredible journey to Kentucky]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for Labissiere to Sports Illustrated: “I’m going to be eligible”



  1. Billy Clyde
    3:01 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    F&^&*$ing Andy Kennedy



  2. Taxi Driver
    3:10 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    [email protected]&ing ANDY KENNEDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  3. Kareem's Goggles
    3:10 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Supposedly, there are multiple AAU coaches and college coaches that turned Hamilton in to the NCAA.



  4. It's raining frogs.
    3:59 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    This will blow over and be forgotten about in 6 weeks. UL’s hookergate scandal will still be the “dirty side” of athletics 30 years from now.



    • Ha!
      4:22 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      I agree. Karma is a motherf$%&er!!! 😉

      #L1CWHORE



  5. @BallBlog_Chad
    4:29 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    they’ve got to cut that out … hiring a guy to get a recruit happens all the time like it’s no problem … makes no sense … we can’t give you any money, but we can hire your “guardian” as an assistant and pay him whatever, wtf!



  6. ArnoldthePig
    4:31 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    didn’t Coach K do that recently? hired a recruit’s handler.



    • J-Dub421
      4:35 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      It’s what LSU did to get Ben Simmons.



  7. Dusten
    4:49 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Am I the only one who’s offended by the word “handler”? These kids aren’t dogs…



    • question.mark
      5:21 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      ^You PC bro?



    • Dusten
      6:54 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      Sure. Is this a south park reference?



  8. question.mark
    6:03 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    I like saying “bro.”