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Skal Labissiere considering going overseas?


Skal Labissiere is one UK’s top targets in the 2015 class. Memphis leads for the 6’10” power forward, but Cal has made him a priority in recent weeks, watching him play at Minnesota this past weekend and Vegas this week. Yesterday, Labissiere told that he’s considering playing overseas for a year before declaring for the 2016 Draft, following in Emmanuel Mudiay’s footsteps. Earlier this week, Mudiay signed a contract with a Chinese professional team for $1.2 million. Labissiere admitted “that’s is a lot of money,” and going overseas is now one of many options on the table.

Because Calipari is the best at turning elite prospects into NBA Draft picks, there’s of course some negative recruiting going on, by both Memphis and Ole Miss. Parrish writes that Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, is pushing him to stay close to him–Memphis or Ole Miss–and both schools are playing that card as well:

Truth be told, Ole Miss and Memphis are both playing that card — that Labissiere enrolling at UK would separate him from Hamilton and open the way for William Wesley or Jay Z (or any number of folks, really) to swoop in and create a divide that could cost Hamilton what one industry source described as his “meal ticket” for a 501 (c) (3) organization he founded called Reach Your Dream. If avoiding such is important to Hamilton, the argument goes, then he better try to guide Labissiere away from Kentucky — not to mention UNC and Georgetown.

Memphis is a pretty heavy favorite, but never count out Cal, especially when he’s putting on the full-court press. However, the fact that Skal’s considering going overseas shows that Cal may have some international competition to go along with all the negative recruiting he’s facing these days.


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6 Comments for Skal Labissiere considering going overseas?

  1. Scott
    10:50 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Handlers, guardians, AAU coaches are the scum of the earth. I swear the NCAA needs to help do something to get them to stop preying on these kids… oh wait.

  2. News
    10:57 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Mike DeCoursey was interviewed on KSTV a day or two ago. His opinion is that Emmanuel Mudiay is going to China for $1.2 Million, but often the players there never receive anything close to the full contract amount and a large majority that sign to play there leave before playing a full season. If that’s true, I don’t think many kids will go this route. He also said they don’t develop their game there…inferior coaching with less practice than NCAA.

  3. Commando
    11:09 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    If a player goes to China, is he still not playing against any competition? No one can watch you play, so it’s possible you get forgotten. Seems like a pretty big gamble to me.

  4. Madville
    11:10 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Who the heck are the two guys in the picture? They don’t look like they know a thing about basketball

    • Young Gun
      11:40 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      I don’t know, but clearly they both run this and go in.

  5. BiloxiDave
    1:28 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    I believe he should go overseas and get paid, then come back to the USA after a year. The Draft has taught us quite the opposite of what most people think. 10 guys from overseas get drafted in the first round every year and these players are people we have never heard of. Meanwhile guys we watched everyday here in the States go 2nd, 3rd, or even undrafted. Plus he wouldn’t recieve a dime for coming to any NCAA school, yet everyone around would be allowed to. It’s simple, leave, get paid for your services.