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NCAA interviewed Skal’s AAU coach this week


Mark Zerof | USA Today

The Skal Labissiere eligibility concerns are becoming a little more concerning as more and more reports come out. While UK is still confident Labissiere will be cleared in time for the season, we can’t overlook what is currently being reported on the internet.

The latest comes from Gary Parrish at, who has learned the NCAA interviewed Labissiere’s AAU coach just this week. The interview was conducted to look into allegations of possible misconduct by Gerald Hamilton, Labissiere’s guardian here in the States.

Jack Britton, the NCAA’s Assistant Director of Amateurism, Complex Case Review, called former Memphis AAU coach Keith Easterwood on Monday and asked a variety of questions about Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, whom Easterwood has known for years. Britton subsequently followed up with an email that Easterwood provided to CBS Sports.

Two of the questions Britton asked Easterwood via email are:

— “Has Mr. Hamilton ever texted you asking for your help in finding someone that could advance Mr. Hamilton a sum of mony related to Skal Labissiere?”

— “Did Mr. Hamilton ever inquire to you about how he could procure a ‘shoe’ deal for Skal Labissiere?”

Easterwood told CBS Sports last November that Hamilton, after realizing the potential of Labissiere, once called and asked, “How can I make money off of a basketball player?” []

Parrish wrote about Hamilton and potential trouble with Labissiere’s eligibility around this time last year, before Labissiere committed to Kentucky. Even then it was clear an NCAA investigation would come, and here it is.

For now, we can only trust UK’s confidence in its own investigation into Labissiere and Hamilton. It’s been two months since Calipari addressed the issue, but that will change tomorrow morning when he speaks at UK Basketball Media Day.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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54 Comments for NCAA interviewed Skal’s AAU coach this week

  1. Well I guess the NCAA had to dish out punishment for all that stuff that happened in Chapel Hill.

  2. J-Dub421
    4:41 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    I found this in reference to Keith Easterwood, the AAU coach in question, on a Tennessee message board from back in 2009.

    “this guy has a history of inserting himself into NCAA drama, wonder if the NYT checked into that:

    Arkansas’ Heath denies any recruiting improprieties – Men’s College Basketball – ESPN
    A lawyer for the University of Arkansas said the NCAA has told the school that it is not investigating the Razorback basketball program amid allegations of improper contact with a Memphis, Tenn., recruit. An amateur coach in Memphis, Keith Easterwood, said he had heard of contact among Arkansas boosters and basketball recruit Thaddeus Young, who has since announced that he will attend Georgia Tech.”

    Apparently this dude tries to funnel recruits to Memphis, and if they aren’t interested in Memphis he sicks the NCAA on them and tries to start some stuff.

    • If he does try to get recruits to Memphis, it definitely makes sense that he would have it out for UK after Cal left and basically took Cousins & Wall with him, and then got Skal out of Memphis.

    • Not Wall
      6:08 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      Wall was not committed to Memphis nor was he ever going to even consider Memphis without Cal being there. They have absolutely no grounds to complain about Wall. A couple other players said they were only going there because of Cal. The AD put a clause into their LOI allowing a release if Cal left. He didn’t think he would lose Cal because he was going to match any offer. Cousins was going to play for Cal wherever he was.

  3. mannnn
    4:43 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    man i hope hes a good guy and not out to ruin skals college career or that thing last year wasnt as serious as he said it was…. this does not look good people

  4. Neal
    4:49 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    There’s no doubt Easterwood answered the NCAA’s questions in order to bury Skal. You can bet the family farm on it.

  5. catfan4life
    4:49 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Are we going to find a bridge to jump off of because they finally make a call. It seems they should have done this long ago after all don’t we want them doing their jobs with other recruits and schools? I think they are out to get UK like most of the board, but still they should do their job. I also think I remember reading a post of this board UK had a copy of an email that had been generated by Easterwood rather than Hamilton. If they do then we have proof with that exchange nothing untoward happened on Shal’s side. If not and he doesn’t have anything to prove it either it becomes he said she said.

  6. Cat's Other Paw
    4:51 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    I would love for KSR to have one of the writers do an investigative article on NCAA’s frequent scrutiny of UK players — and the punishments, if any, thereof — versus the other top programs like Duke, UNC, Kansas, Louisville, UCLA, etc. This is getting ridiculous.

    • The Real LindaS
      12:05 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      I think the Supreme Court or some one should investigate the NCAA and botox mark and his band of merry men. They have let die a 10+ year old report of a puke player taking money from an agent, the player admitted it. They let a puke player off on his jewelry buy and how many times has NC been investigated?

  7. Jordan
    4:55 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    I’m getting to the point where I don’t care if he plays or not without him we’d be just as good because Isaac Humphries is ready to contribute right away.

    • UKFan
      6:38 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      Aside from the fact that Humphries isn’t even close to being as good as Skal, I feel like you’re missing the point of basketball. This isn’t an “either/or” situation. Skal and Humphries can both play on the court at the same time if they are both eligible. So, in short, we want both players to be eligible and healthy all season…

  8. KT
    5:09 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    I still don’t see what Skal did wrong not that wrong or right have much to do with NCAA investigations in recent years I suppose.

    • 5 Knuckle Shuffle
      5:16 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      All you need to know about the NCAA is what they did to an incoming Baylor football player this year. The kid was homeless. Baylor had mercy on him and got him housing a little earlier than hey were supposed to. Kid is banned from ever playing.

    • J-Dub421
      5:24 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      I thought what the NCAA did to Cliff Alexander/Kansas last year was pretty crappy. His family took money behind his back, Alexander didn’t even know about it, and neither did Kansas, but that didn’t matter and Kansas/the player are the ones who get punished. None of this will change unless the NCAA starts going after the agents, etc. who are actually paying people and committing the infractions.

    • ukjaybrat
      7:29 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      but the ncaa doesn’t have power over an agent (agents work for themselves, not the ncaa) and giving people money is not illegal. so there is literally nothing the NCAA can do to agents. they have nothing to lose.

    • Tampa Satchel
      9:33 am October 15, 2015 Permalink

      If the agents get busted giving payola, then they lose their license with the NBA, NFL etc.

  9. Josh
    5:13 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    If he’s ruled ineligible this will be the second time we have faced this situation. I personally would like to see Coach Cal stay away from these people who are questionable because when they commit someone else who plays that position may pass on us; then when our guy becomes ineligible we have a huge hole. Josh Harrelson saved us with E. Kanter, but sorry folks-Isaac Humphries has potential but he is at least 2 years away from being effective. This will be a huge blow. I feel bad for the kid because he just wants to play basketball. Critics of my argument may cite John Wall and how he was questionable but that was a different situation and Eric Bledsoe had already committed so we were fine regardless.

  10. Lige Butterwick
    5:13 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Here we go. This year reminds me so much of the 2011 team. And like Enes, Skal won’t be free. All thatbullshit at UNC and UL, and they are worried about Skal’s handler making a buck. Not Skal, mind you. His handler.

  11. James
    5:18 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    A lot of idiots on here with no clue making comments on a situation they know next to nothing about.

    Mark it down, Skal will be eligible.

    • Old white guy
      5:21 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      You are case in point.

    • Old School
      5:24 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      You comment indicates you do know what your talking about. If so, kindly share your info with all of us so we can rest easy too.

    • Tony
      8:12 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      Wish you like to bet a few bucks ..UK is toast, from a diehard UK fan!

    • Ha!
      9:41 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      ^^ Obvious troll is trying not to be obvious.

  12. James
    5:23 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Sorry, got confused. I’m the only idiot posting on here.

    • James
      6:13 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      Sorry Old white guy (30 something Tard living in mommy’s basement) changing your name to mine, still keeps you at full idiot status.

      Resume your regularly scheduled program of tossing off to National Geographic mags and worry about your coach with half of a testicle and your ghetto program.


    • Old white guy
      7:17 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      Awfully abrasive, and presumptive. As well as imbicilistic.

  13. bosshogg24
    5:59 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    I agree with James, too many people on here posting that don’t know what they are talking about. Sound like middle school students! If you say you don’t need Anthony Davis on your team, you shouldn’t be posting!

    • UKFan
      6:40 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      CC: Jordan

  14. Hello
    6:06 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    For you idiots talking about Isaac Humphries filling in for Skal or saying Isaac isn’t ready… WE HAVE MARCUS LEE!!! Remember him? McDs all American, 5-star, junior returning with 2 final four experience! Yeah I’ll take him

    • Hello idiot
      6:14 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      damn dude. People are idiots because they are on here talking about something? Lighten up. Idiot.

    • UKFan
      6:40 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      Loud noises!

    • ukjaybrat
      7:32 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      there’s a lot of idiots on KSR lately… can’t we all just get along ๐Ÿ™

  15. KevinM
    6:08 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Skal is worth the risk, NCAA approved or not!

    Mic dropped!

    • ukjaybrat
      7:32 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      So was D Rose ๐Ÿ™
      That didn’t turn out so well

  16. bosshogg24
    6:19 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    I like swinging on James’ nutbag

    • James
      7:11 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      And swallowing my full load huh Tard boi.

  17. Mean Randy
    7:12 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink


  18. bosshogg24
    7:18 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    I’m actually James

  19. bosshogg24
    7:19 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    I’m actually James, and I jerk off to Rupaul’s Drag Race

  20. Mean randy
    7:24 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Not surprising. Yawn. Moving on

  21. Tony
    8:14 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Look you mot$&/; fu.,’eras, Elvis played at da ville and dis moth/;- fuc;’4 we bees plain at da UK.

  22. DwnTwn
    8:16 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    For all I know, this could be a disgruntled AAU coach who tried to get Skal on his roster, failed, or had poor past relationship/exchange with Hamilton the handler. He could be a deviant trying to screw things up for that family. Hamilton may not be an angel, but what if he did “text” questions regarding a shoe deal or how he could make money off of a basketball player…..a text can not keep Skal off the court. It can only happen if a deal did go down….and UK is sure nothing did from their investigation…..agree with Mean Randy….Yawn…..moving on

  23. leon singleton
    8:26 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Thank God We are loaded with good guards.

    • leon singleton
      8:58 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

      27 and 9. ACC takeover begins now.

  24. Luther
    9:08 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Thanks for the Skal link, Drew! I trust you and the KSR staff will continue to keep us informed…

  25. James
    11:05 pm October 13, 2015 Permalink

    Westerwood is quoted by a National sportswriter last year that Halmiton asked on how to profit from a young ballplayer. This year a NCAA investigator ask Westerwood if he had any knowledge of Hamilton doing the very things Westerwood accused Hamilton of this time last year in a National publication.
    I know UK was familiar with the story and investigated it and feel pretty sure the NCAA had at least heard it too. Does anyone think that UK didn’t do their homework on it? Tell me the likelyhood of. NCAA
    Ignoring anything this juicy and involving UK for a year.

    • James
      9:18 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      You sprout wood when to tapped this last night in the basement?

    1:21 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t know what is going to happen, I want to see him on the court. He has a life and a story that should be CELEBRATED. Good kid, Good student, overcame the odds and is now on the verge of being a major star. I’m worried because this was the same exact thing we heard UK/Coach Cal say about Kanter that they were confident he’d be eligible. Turns out he never played a game for UK. Let’s just wait and see.

    • Vergemot
      6:30 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      No, now, James says Skal is playing he surely must be correct. Because James is such an authority on the matter. Nothing to worry about.

    • James
      9:21 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah you should listen to Tard hyperbole instead of the coach and university.

  27. BAdams
    9:53 am October 14, 2015 Permalink

    Sandy Bell is one of the best in the country. If she’s not that concerned, no one else should be. However, the fact that the NCAA railroaded Kanter only to let a guy in the same situation the very next year play does concern me. The NCAA is always looking to hammer certain people while others, aka Duke and UNC, never have anything happen to them even with facts to back it.

  28. James
    4:13 pm October 14, 2015 Permalink

    I really like taking it in the ass. Balls deep.