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Kentucky Freshman Center Skal Labissiere Officially Declares For Draft, Will Sign With An Agent

Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere dunks while wearing Haitian flag.

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Kentucky's Skal Labissiere has declared for the NBA Draft. This comes as no surprise, since every Kentucky player will enter his name according to head coach John Calipari. Labissiere won't be returning to Lexington, however, as he plans to sign with an agent, which removes the option of heading back to college after the NBA Combine. The school announces Labissiere's decision this afternoon.

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“I want to thank my family, my coaches, teammates and most importantly I want to thank God for the opportunity that he gave me to represent and play for the University of Kentucky,” Labissiere said. “I also want to thank the fans for their support through everything this season. I am excited to announce that I am entering the 2016 NBA Draft.”

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“I couldn’t be more proud of a player and the way Skal handled himself on our campus this season,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “He was a great student, a great teammate and I’m so proud of the way he handled himself in the community. He is one of the greatest kids I’ve ever coached. On the basketball court, it took him and our staff a while to figure out how to best utilize him, but his improvement on that court over the year is why he is in this position to put his name in the draft and be projected in the middle of the lottery. His future is out ahead of him and I think in time he will be in the same breath as all of our big guys who have performed well in the NBA.”

Kentucky is already stumping for Labissiere on Twitter.

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Labissiere is incredibly talented and has plenty of potential, but the production was not there this season. He'll be draft, likely in the first round, but it will be very interesting to see just how high he goes.

[UK Athletics]