On Saturday, the contact period for college basketball coaches to contact 2015 basketball recruits started. And now word is leaking out on a few offers that have been made to 2015 prospects. As of now, there are two confirmed offers for the class in Skal Labissiere and Stephen Zimmerman. Also, last night, Charles Matthews said that he had also gotten an offer. Let’s take a quick look at the three players this morning.
6’9, 200, PF
RIVALS: *****, #6 player in class
SCOUT: *****, (lists him as 6’11 C)
ESPN: *****, #6 player in class (6’10 C)
It’s kind of interesting that none of the major three scouting reports can agree on Skal’s size or position, but they all agree on one thing: the kid has tremendous upside. Labissiere is a native of Haiti and is a shot blocking machine whose defense is ahead of his offense (sound familiar?). According to Rivals, Kansas, Kentucky, and Memphis have offered already. Expect Skal to be a serious contender for the top player in the class soon.
7’0, 215, C
Las Vegas, NV
RIVALS: *****, #2 player in class
SCOUT: *****, #2 player in class
ESPN: *****, #7 player in class
For a big man, Zimmerman can do it all. He is a great passer and can shoot the three. The only real downside is lack of strength, but that should come with time. He also has to develop a mean streak and learn to attack the basket more aggressively, but in time, this should come as well. Per Rivals, Zimmerman has a slew of offers, and Kentucky and Louisville were among the first schools to contact him on Saturday.
6’4, 180 SG
RIVALS: *****, #9 player in class
SCOUT: *****, #1 player in class (PG)
ESPN: *****, #9 player in class
For now, we will take Matthews at his word that he has an offer. If he does not have one now, he certainly will soon as Scout has the combo guard the top player in the class. Matthews sounds like Calipari’s dribble drive offense was designed for him and he is a tough defender and a good perimeter shot blocker. He has the slashing skills to create mismatches and is a great finisher around the rim.
The big key word I am seeing about all three of these players is potential. They are already in the top ten of the 2015 class and each has the ability to get much better and compete for the number one overall position. And as expected, Calipari is in early on all three. 2015 is a loaded class and we will get to know the rest of the class soon. It’s going to be fun.