Friday October 23rd, 2015

Kentucky freshman Skal Labissiere has been ruled eligible to play this season by the NCAA, reports Yahoo Sports’s Shams Charania.

Labissiere, a five-star prospect rated No. 1 overall in his class by Rivals, is currently projected by many as the No. 1 pick in next year’s NBA Draft.

The NCAA had been reportedly been investigating Labissiere‘s relationship with guardian Gerald Hamilton, who created a high school program, Reach Your Dream Prep, affiliated with his nonprofit organization. Labissiere played his senior year for Hamilton’s program after playing at two Memphis area high schools earlier in his career.

The 6–10 Labissiere, a native of Haiti, is projected to start at center for the Wildcats. His availability is a major boost for the Wildcats, who lost the majority of last year’s rotation to the NBA Draft. He had been practicing with the team while his eligibility was under question.

Kentucky opens Nov. 13 against Albany at home.

SI‘s Luke Winn profiled Labissiere at length in the magazine earlier this month, shedding light on his arrival in the States from Haiti and the commotion over his eligibility.

WINN: After the quake: Skal Labissiere’s incredible journey to Kentucky​

 Jeremy Woo

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