Skal Labissiere was a good sport at today’s media opportunity, gamely answering questions ranging from his experience being trapped in the rubble of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 to his rough freshman year at Kentucky. I’ve already shared some of Skal’s comments with you, but here are my favorite quotes from him today.
On which team he would like to draft him (asked by Jerry Tipton):
“I don’t know. Here you go, Jerry!” Skal laughed. “I don’t know, man. We’ll see. Hopefully I’ll fall into the right situation.”
On whether or not he can name one of the Spice Girls:
On whether or not he foresees basketball becoming bigger in Haiti after he’s drafted:
“Definitely, I think so. Even with me not being in the NBA, a couple, three or four years ago, they heard my name, my story and stuff like that, kids who always hit me up on social media, ‘Hey, I need advice,’ things of that nature. I understand the position I’m about to be in, I can influence a lot of lives, so it’s not just about basketball — it’s about helping kids in general with life.”
On his message is to teams that are considering drafting him:
“I firmly believe that in 2-3 years from now, maybe 5 years from now, I can be the best player in this draft. I’m very versatile, both on offense and defense and as that gets stronger and more mature, and my body matures more, I can become a really really good NBA player.”
On Calipari being a “proud papa” on nights like Draft night:
“He’s very proud of [his record of putting players in the draft], even on my recruiting visit, he was talking about it, I could tell. You want to play for someone like that. He’s very passionate about what he does. He’s passionate about his players, he looks out for us, he treats us like Brad Calipari, like we’re his own sons, so that’s all you can ask for. He takes us to his house, feeds us and stuff. He has a lot to be proud of.”
On whether tomorrow night will be like a holiday for Calipari:
“Pretty much. I feel like it’s a holiday for Cal every single day,” he laughed. “He’s always upbeat, always talking, definitely.”
On staying positive while his father dug him out of the rubble of the Haiti earthquake in 2010:
“It was while he was digging me out of there. Before that, I kind of felt like, ‘hey this is it,’ but when I heard his voice, it gave me some hope a little bit. ‘I’m coming in,’ and screaming and digging. I don’t know where he found the energy to do it, but he was digging for 2-3 hours. It was definitely God watching out for me.”
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