The Jordan Brand Classic is tomorrow night, which means today is the final day of practices. Last week, Skal Labissiere dominated the headlines at the Nike Hoop Summit, and he continue to turn heads this week in New York. According to Adam Zagoria, representatives from all 30 NBA teams are watching Skal in practice today, which makes sense, because right now, he’s #1 in both Scout and Draft Express’ 2016 NBA Mock Drafts.
Given the lingering uncertainty in UK’s 2015 class, reading rave reviews of Skal always seems to make me feel better. On that note, here’s another one from NBADraft.net’s Aran Smith, who argues that Skal is more similar to LaMarcus Aldridge than Anthony Davis:
Skal has been on a meteoric rise over the past month or so after adding muscle to his frame and improving upon his offensive skill set. He has legitimately moved into discussion as the top overall prospect from this class and gives the 2016 NBA Draft additional intrigue at the top. He has very good fluidity running the floor and shows extremely soft touch on his shot. He gets great elevation, which combined with his height makes him very difficult to defend. His post game shows promise as he’s able to utilize his touch with moves in the paint and hook shots, and appears highly coachable. While the Hoop Summit measurements say he weighs 2 lbs less than Maker, which is possible, he appears about 10-15 lbs bigger. He should be able to pack on another 20-25 lbs, or more, to his frame without losing much mobility. Skal has received comparisons to another UK alum, the “Brow”. However his dimensions, athleticism and skill set are more similar to LaMarcus Aldridge.
Coach Rana on Labissiere: “Love him. Another really high level guy… Great length. Unique elevation for a guy his size when he shoots it… He really gets up on his shot. Active defensively… I think he’s a star as well.”
You can catch Skal, Isaiah Briscoe, and hopefully Charles Matthews tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.