Skal Labissiere has always been known as one of the bigger mysteries in the class of 2015. He has a package of skills that most 6’10 players of any age don’t have, yet it wasn’t always apparent at events such as Adidas Nations where he was pegged against older, more physical posts. Fast forward five months and Labissiere looks like a completely new player.
Against Bartlett, Labissiere was simply dominant. His 29 points and 11 rebounds don’t tell the entire story, as he was forced to sit much of the first half after some questionable foul calls and came through in the clutch for ECS. Not only did he hit the three pointer that sent the game into overtime, he also drilled what proved to be the game-winning three pointer to give ECS a 64-61 win. Just as impressive as the numbers he put up was how he got them though.
Labissiere worked from the inside out, establishing himself down low before taking his game to the perimeter. Once he got the ball outside, he made quick, efficient rips to the basket and took it up strong. Skal showed the ability to shoot from mid-range after utilizing a series of jab steps, and also drilled a pair of three pointers on the move off of screens. The Haitian power forward made sound, but not spectacular decisions passing the ball and carried himself with a poise far beyond his age. However on an unusual note, Skal struggled defensively after getting in foul trouble when he is usually known as one of the better defensive players in the class.
Looking forward, Skal is the owner of offers from Kentucky, Memphis, and Auburn with interest from countless others. As more colleges see him, his list will continue to grow and if Skal is able to continue playing at this level, he certainly will be on the short list for #1 player in the class of 2015.