One of the great things about Kentucky basketball is that no matter how long ago any individual played for the Wildcats, they are always part of the brotherhood that is Big Blue Nation. No matter how long they are away from campus, they will always be a “Cat.”
That is certainly the case for former Wildcat Skal Labissiere who is currently in his fourth season in the NBA, after spending one season, during the 2015-2016 campaign, at Kentucky. Skal is currently playing for the Portland Trailblazers (after being traded by the Sacramento Kings in February) and now that he’s back in Portland, it allowed him to re-live one of the best moments of his youth career on Thursday night, when he took in Nike Hoops Summit practices. Back in 2015 Skal played in the game, as his 21 points (and 30 points from future UK teammate Jamal Murray) helped the World Team seal a victory.
KSR caught up with Skal on Thursday night, and he was happy to reflect on his memories of the Hoops Summit. More importantly, he also shared his thoughts on this past season of Kentucky basketball, which ended in the Elite Eight against Auburn.
“They were very good,” Skal said, before he stopped to continue.
“I just wish PJ [Washington] was healthy the whole time. That’s my guy. I was very excited for him the whole season. The way he showcased his skills in the way that I knew he could. So I was just excited for the guys in general.”
Clearly Skal watched a lot of the 2019 Kentucky Wildcats. Later in the interview he also took a second to reflect back on his one season in Lexington. There, he discussed his most memorable moments, which didn’t include games or results, but the relationships he built.
“The best memory for me is the friendships I got to make there,” Skal said. “I still talk to some of my closest friends that I met while I was on campus. Dillon Pullium was a walk-on. He was like a brother to me.”
To listen to the full interview with Labissiere, listen below.