Three of the nations top high school basketball recruits announced their commitments Thursday evening. Power forward Skal Labissiere and point guard Isaiah Briscoe verbally committed to Kentucky. Small forward Derrick Jones verbally committed to UNLV.
Labissiere, the fourth-ranked prospect in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com, lives in Memphis but is originally from Haiti. He said he would sign his national letter of intent on Friday. Labissiere announced last month that he would attend a school called Reach Your Dream Prep after being ruled ineligible to play for Lausanne Collegiate School. Reach Your Dream Prep did not exist at the time he made the announcement. A report Wednesday from Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com quoted an AAU coach who said Labissiere's legal guardian, Gerald Hamilton, asked him, "How can I make money off of a basketball player?"
Briscoe, ranked ninth in the class by Rivals, chose the Wildcats over St. John's and Connecticut. When making his announcement on ESPNU, Briscoe said he would wait until the next signing period to sign his letter of intent, adding that the number of Kentucky players who declare for the NBA draft could impact whether or not he signs with the school.
- Dan Gartland