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Where in the World is Skal Labissiere?




We were hoping to see Skal Labissiere man up against a physical Arizona State front line.  Instead, he disappeared.

Skal had a lot of zeros in the stat column.  0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 turnover, 1 block and 5 fouls in only 13 minutes.

Coach Calipari was disappinted, but he understands.  “He’s never been through any of this.  This is all new to him,” Calipari said.  He’s “somewhat” worried about his confidence, but believes he needs this to get where he wants to go, “I’ll be honest with you, to do what these kids want to do, this is all a great thing that he has to work through.”

Even though he wasn’t scoring, much of his troubles are coming on the defensive side of the ball.  He’s not trying to play low, he doesn’t want to bend, and his fundamentals are all out of wack.  The lack of rebounds is disturbing, but this pick-and-roll defense is appalling.  You simply can’t play if you’re giving up layups.

As bad as it may be, Calipari isn’t worried about the way his bag man is playing.  “I love Skal. Skal’s going to be good.”

Although he did admit, watching him suffer is becoming infectious, “I want so bad for him to play well.”  Calipari said, “There are a lot of times for you to make it, you need somebody to believe in you more than you believe in yourself.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Where in the World is Skal Labissiere?

  1. The Frizz
    6:47 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    Perhaps that is why Skal is still playing. You know, him being Cal’s bag man and all.

  2. SouthBeachWildcat
    6:53 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    He is still learning organized basketball. He is probably a 2 and done player, and that’s okay. Lee and Poythress deserve to start and Skal needs to learn off the bench. And that’s okay! He will be a lottery pick just not this year. He probably shot up the rankings too quickly as he is still learning the game.

  3. The Rest of the story
    7:02 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    Skal is too skinny, too weak and too green to be playing college ball. Should not be starting and taking time away from others who contribute and play with lots more energy. He is just not as advertised and no way will he be an NBA pick this year.

    • Leuther
      1:22 am December 13, 2015 Permalink

      Agree that he’s not as advertised but that would be difficult since he barely played much HS ball. Think that Cal should continue to stick with him for now…

  4. buckeyebuster
    7:33 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

    I think all the negative going on about Skal is uncalled for.

    Back off and let the coaches do their jobs. Skal is going through the roughest time of his young life.

    He is learning as best as he can. He will be one of KY’s best players before he leaves….Just mark the ole buckeyebusters words.

    • The Rest of the story
      10:54 pm December 12, 2015 Permalink

      So marked.