Jan 15, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari gives instructions to his team during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Tennessee 75-65. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Is John Calipari Taking Skal Labissiere from the Memphis Tigers?


As if the fans in Memphis needed any more reasons to hate John Calipari.

Cal is raiding their back yard by recruiting the number six player in the class of 2015 Skal Labissiere. Skal is a 6’9 sophomore from Mississippi by way of Haiti. He is turning heads with his amazing play and his ever growing potential as a player and Kentucky and Memphis are the two schools going at him the hardest right now.

Labissiere, who now lives in Mississippi just south of Memphis and plays his high school ball in the city and his AAU ball for Penny Hardaway’s team, is setting himself up to be in the middle of a recruiting battle between current Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and current Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who didn’t exactly make a lot of friends on his way out of the Tiger program.

“Memphis and Kentucky. They’re coming at me the hardest,” Labissiere said, while also mentioning Kansas and Auburn had offered him and that UCLA, Georgetown and Tennessee were showing a lot of interest.

Coach Cal goes after the top athletes all the time, so what’s the big deal? The big deal is that he rarely offers kids before their senior year and Labissiere knows how much people in Memphis dislike Cal:

“Coach Cal told me, ‘usually we don’t offer kids that young,’” he said.

Labissiere said that he likes that Kentucky gets players to the next level, and that’s not a difficult sell when Coach Cal can claim at least two, and potentially a third, No. 1 overall picks — Marcus Camby, Nerlens Noel and Anthony Davis — that have the same build as Labissiere. But he also added that Pastner “is a really good guy” and that he enjoys the Memphis coaching staff and likes the way that the Tigers play.

“People talk about that a lot in Memphis, because not everybody in Memphis likes Coach Cal,” he said.

Here is a video of him working out. He looks like a 16 year old kid now but you can see the growth potential. Get ‘em Cal.


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  • robert klein

    Its OK cal if they hate you more because you won’t find more love than you will get from the big blue nation.

  • http://twitter.com/verno1974 jeremy tomlinson

    damn crook

  • http://twitter.com/EarthBoundMisfi Glenn Condrey

    Will you feel that way as John goes on to the NBA after landing UK on NCAA probation Robert?
    Methinks not.

    • James

      How long have people been saying this about Cal? And he’s still at UK and no probation. Nice try Glenn. Maybe one day your dream will come true; but methinks not.