Ever since Skal Labissiere popped up on UK’s radar a few years back, people have likened him to Anthony Davis, and while that may not be fair considering Davis is an absolute superstar, the comparisons continued this weekend after Skal’s strong showing at the Nike Hoop Summit. In his five takeaways from the event, ESPN’s Paul Biancardi describes Skal’s game and quotes an NBA GM who compares him with Davis.
Kentucky signee Skal Labissiere (No. 3 in ESPN 100) solidified his ranking by showing a face-up jumper with a high release point that creates a high trajectory for his shot. His shot-blocking presence protects the rim as he made a beautiful block on a switch out with seconds to go in the game and the USA team trying to tie it.
“He reminds me of how Anthony Davis was at the same stage,” one NBA general manager said. “Same body type and the same growth spurt, but not as athletic and not quite the shot blocker as Davis but a better shooter.”
Biancardi also praises Jamal Murray, a four-star shooting guard from Canada who turned heads at the event. Kentucky reached out to Murray, and we’ll have more on him on the site in oh…thirty minutes or so.