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Skal Labissiere recalls the earthquake that almost killed him

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Skal Labissiere is the next up in’s summer “Meet The Wildcats” feature. Today, the website shared its interview with the projected first overall pick in next year’s NBA Draft.

The interview focuses around Labisseire’s childhood tragedy, when he and his mother and brother were trapped underneath their collapsed home during Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake in 2010. Death toll estimates range from 100,000 to 160,000, but he and his family survived.

“To see where I am today, where God put me today, I believe that everything happens for a reason,” Labissiere said of the quake that nearly killed him. He believes it sped up the process to get him to the United States, where his basketball career took off shortly after he arrived.

Definitely take a second to watch the interview for more vivid details from Labissiere regarding the earthquake. There’s plenty about his first months in Lexington this summer, too.

[Meet The Wildcats: A journey unlike any other, Labissiere arrives at UK embracing competition]


Article written by Drew Franklin

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

5 Comments for Skal Labissiere recalls the earthquake that almost killed him

  1. South Florida Catfan
    4:45 pm August 5, 2015 Permalink

    Yes, and thanks to that earthquake there are 30,000 to 50,000 more Haitians in South Florida and more arriving by boat every day. Hey at least that leaves plenty of new drivers on the road who’s never really driven before to buy up all those used Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords from the 1980s and 90s .

    • Leuther
      6:01 pm August 5, 2015 Permalink

      I agree. Well stated!


  2. by
    7:30 pm August 5, 2015 Permalink

    Such a typical response from a typical UK fan…horrific time in this young child’s life and you make it about YOU and/or YOUR agenda

  3. Kycager
    11:36 pm August 5, 2015 Permalink

    South Florida cat fan and leather, you are an embarrassment to #bbn. Keep your racist views to yourself. You suck.