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You need to listen to Skal Labissiere’s interview on KSR


This morning, Skal Labissiere came on KSR to discuss his freshman year at UK and his decision to go pro. Given the criticism that Skal faced this year, this couldn’t have been an easy thing for him to do, but after listening to him open up about his childhood in Haiti and his struggles this season, I don’t see how you can’t root for the kid. We’ve all heard the story about how Skal was trapped in the rubble from the Haiti earthquake, but listening to him describe in his own words how he feared for his life as his father hurried to dig him out was emotional, as was his blunt honesty about how disappointed he was in himself parts of this season. His biggest regret this year? That he couldn’t help Kentucky win a national championship.

On a lighter note, it was nice to learn more about Skal the person. His favorite thing to do in his off time? Watch Netflix. His favorite show? “The Office,” an answer that became more endearing when he said his favorite character is Creed Bratton. He even talked a little bit about the famous sleepover at Calipari’s house.

Listen to the interview below:

Here are the dates for Skal’s autograph tour, which starts tomorrow at the Elizabethtown Towne Mall:


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

5 Comments for You need to listen to Skal Labissiere’s interview on KSR

  1. bluetide
    1:16 pm April 8, 2016 Permalink

    Gotta love this kid, big contribution or no. We should light up @OneBigHaitian with positive stuff like Matt said. Once BBN, ALWAYS BBN. I am hoping he proves his naysayers wrong and whoever drafts him right.

  2. deltasig41
    1:28 pm April 8, 2016 Permalink

    Just because he didn’t live up to the hype on the court doesn’t diminish who he is as a human being. He seems as nice and humble as you would want anyone to be. He’s been a good ambassador for our University, although his time here was short. And his decision to go to the NBA makes perfect sense. I wish him nothing but the best, and hope he ends up in a situation where he can improve and have a solid career.

    • UK Big Board Update
      2:07 pm April 8, 2016 Permalink

      Everybody with an ounce of intelligence knows the people who do that are either miserable, idiots, trolls, or, in many cases, all of the above….

  3. RealCatsFan
    2:10 pm April 8, 2016 Permalink

    I think Skal is going to go higher in the draft than a lot of people realize. Not only does he have a unique skill set for a big man and a lot of potential, he also has a level of maturity about him that is not always present in kids his age. NBA scouts and GM’s recognize this – that is one of the reasons that they do player interviews, to assess their personality and psychological makeup. In this area, I think Skal will have a leg up on a lot of players, and it will work to his advantage on draft day.

    I hope that he manages to sneak into the lottery, and that someday we are reading that he is doing something really special in his home country, like opening up a school or hospital. I could think of no better way to make BBN proud.

  4. ClutchCargo
    2:58 pm April 8, 2016 Permalink

    Call me crazy, but I have always believed he has a Marcus Camby-like upside, and I think once the game slows down for him he will have a long productive career in the NBA.