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.