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Skal and Diallo making a French Connection

Coach Cal may have not made an appearance at the Jordan Brand Classic last night but he still had three top recruiters on the scene. According to Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog Skal Labissiere, Charles Matthews, and Isaiah Brisco were all pushing for the Mali native to join them in Lexington next season. Skal was even doing so in Cheick’s native tongue of French. Here’s a bit from Zagsblog and Isaiah’s response to learning a second language.

English is not Diallo’s first language, and he appreciates speaking French with Labissiere.

“I’ve known Skal a long time,” he said. “It’s not even now. Ever since I came here [from Mali] I know Skal. Nike Hoop Summit, was the same roommate so we always talking French.”

Isaiah Briscoe, who nearly brought the East to the win en route to 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, doesn’t speak French, but would love to have Diallo join him at Kentucky.

“I would like for Cheick to come to Kentucky, I mean that would be good,” Briscoe said. “Skal, Cheick, me, Charles [Matthews] I think that’s a good class.”

Will he work on his French a little?

“Not happening,” Briscoe joked.

[Zagsblog: Kentucky Signees Recruiting Diallo to Lexington]

Diallo is meeting with St. John’s Chris Mullin and our old assistant Slice today and Coach Cal will be paying him a visit later this week. Could Coach Cal bring this French Connection to campus next season after they’ve been dominating all the all-star games? I certainly hope so.

Oui Oui.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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3 Comments for Skal and Diallo making a French Connection



  1. babydangy
    7:48 pm April 18, 2015 Permalink

    Really don’t see it happening. Slice was main recruiter and he wasn’t coming here before hand, so really doubt he comes here now, but this class is so freaking crazy I really don’t know.



  2. RandyB
    11:39 pm April 18, 2015 Permalink

    Hopefully, neither Slice nor Chris Mullen speak French! What am I saying? Neither one speak English correctly.Don’t pronounce “Rs” except when they add them where they don’t belong, as in Cuber for Cuba. But rhen, the French don’t pronounce ANY letter correctly. So maybe…



  3. blubo
    8:14 am April 19, 2015 Permalink

    i think there are two french speaking players on sju team.