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Skal Labissiere is the talk of the Nike Hoop Summit so far


Here’s something to offset all the news about the draft: Skal Labissiere is apparently the talk of the Nike Hoop Summit up in Portland, Oregon. Twitter is abuzz with praise for Skal and yesterday, he measured 7′ tall with a 7’1.5″ wingspan. Sheesh. CBS Sports’ Sam Vecenie has a nice wrap-up of Skal in which he says “nothing about him has disappointed so far.”

The Kentucky recruit basically dominated from the beginning to the end of practice on Tuesday, outplaying another potential 2016 top-10 pick in Thon Maker by a considerable margin in their matchup. His fluid athleticism is readily apparent at every turn, whether it be on defense where he contested just about every single Maker shot on the perimeter, or on offense where he was terrific in the pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop, as he has terrific instinctual awareness of where to find the soft spot in the defense. He already has an incredibly soft touch, and his range seems to have increased out to the college 3-point line (he attempted a couple of NBA level 3s, but they didn’t look as comfortable mechanically). He was the best player on the floor Tuesday, and I was told it was a similar story on Monday by others. Like everyone here, he still has a way’s to go, but it wouldn’t shock me if he ended up as the No. 1 recruit in the 2015 high school class.

[CBS Sports]

Skal’s performances this week moved him up to #1 in the Draft Express 2016 Mock Draft, ahead of Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons, Diamond Stone, and Malik Newman. Draft Express’ Mike Schmitz is in Portland and explains why:

The Kentucky-bound 7-footer and #1 prospect in our 2016 Mock Draft turned heads as soon as the ball rolled out on Monday afternoon with his size, developing body, athleticism and smooth shooting stroke. The Haitian big man gave NBA scouts and executives a glimpse of his monster potential in the 5-on-5 sessions on Tuesday. Labissiere showcased his rare blend of size, athleticism and shooting ability by making plays at the rim on both ends, while knocking down a post turnaround over Maker’s 7-3 wingspan and drilling a pick and pop jumper with his smooth, high release. Labissiere wasn’t perfect, but his potential as a two-way, versatile big man who can score inside and out was most certainly on display. The 7-foot, 216-pound athlete figures to be a handful for Team USA on both ends of the floor.

[Draft Express]

Isaiah Briscoe, Tai Wynyard, and all of UK’s remaining targets also play in the Hoop Summit, which takes place at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday. You can watch it on ESPN2.

All of this makes me feel a lot better about next year.

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.

11 Comments for Skal Labissiere is the talk of the Nike Hoop Summit so far

  1. symphonist41169
    12:16 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

    Somebody clear this up for me: Is Wynyard in the 2016 class or has he re-classified for 2015?

    • KyCat
      1:36 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

      I believe Wynyard is officially a 2016 class but MAY if needed and scholarships are available be able to come in the second semester next year. I think that is because of the different school calendar in New Zealand.

  2. RealCatsFan
    12:18 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

    So what is the situation on Skal as far as eligibility is concerned? Is the issue due to him being home schooled, or because he played on that team that his guardian set up? Hoping that this does not become another Enes Kanter situation.

    • DT in DC
      1:10 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

      I was wondering the same thing. I’d hate for him to be ruled ineligible not only because of the obvious fact that he’s an incredible player. But also another big man might not sign with us with him on board and if he’s ruled ineligible we could have used one of those big men.

    • KyCat
      1:37 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

      From all I have read he is a good perhaps even a very good students. Academics do not appear to be an issue. Every concern I have read about are related to possible activities related to his guardian.

  3. meeksfor3
    12:22 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

    Ms Tyler the Noon tip time is because it is in Portland Oregon which would be 3:00 EST.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      12:26 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

      Ha, silly time zones. Thank you.

    • KyCat
      1:42 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

      More sillinies… 🙂

      It actually would be 3:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) assuming it is a Noon PDT start time. EST refers to Eastern Standard Time used during the late Fall and Winter. I generally just go with Eastern Time and drop the Daylight or Standard

  4. Kelkat
    2:27 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

    Anyone know his exact size? I have previously read he is 6’10” and 210lbs. From reading above he is 7′ and 216llbs. I know we are talking about only 2” and 6 lbs. but I am curious to know if he has grown and filled out any? Anyone know his exact height now?

    • Humdittydiddycatsbyfiddy
      2:54 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

      The 6’10” measurement was apparently taken 2 years ago in 2013 according to Draft Express, and the 7′ and 216lbs is what he is right now with shoes on at the Nike Hoop Summit.

  5. WeareBBN
    7:04 pm April 8, 2015 Permalink

    Sounds like KAT version 2.