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Report: Kentucky's Skal Labissiere Not Yet Cleared To Play By NCAA

Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere dunks while wearing Haitian flag.


Center Skal Labissiere, a talented former five-star recruit, is set to be one of the top freshmen in college basketball for Kentucky this season, but according to a report by ESPN, he hasn't been cleared to play. 

">October 7, 2015

Kentucky's highly touted freshman big man Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN on Wednesday.

"Not yet," Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. "We're just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions."

"They haven't cleared him, but we're sticking with our faith," he added. "There's no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people."

ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello say that the NCAA is looking into Labissiere's relationship with Hamilton, who brought him to the U.S. from Haiti.

Labissiere arrived in the United States in 2010 from Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the country. Hamilton has moved Labissiere from Evangelical Christian School to Lausanne Collegiate - also in Memphis -- where he was ruled ineligible to play. Labissiere wound up playing for Memphis-based Reach Your Dream Prep - which was formed by Hamilton to give the talented big man somewhere to play for his senior campaign.

247Sportsranked Labissiere as the No. 2 player in the 2015 recruiting class. Kentucky is deep and talented as ever, but they'll take a massive hit if there's any hold-up in Labissiere's eligibility.