Kentucky's Skal Labissiere (1) shoots over Stony Brook's Jameel Warney (20) during a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, March 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Nati Harnik
April 05, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky has announced that freshman Skal Labissiere will enter the NBA draft, the second Wildcat in the past four days to announce he will turn pro.

The 6-foot-11, 225-pound Haitian's announcement follows Jamal Murray's decision on Friday. The school said in a release Tuesday that Labissiere will hire an agent.

He is projected as a first-round draft selection despite struggling for much of his lone season with the Wildcats. Labissiere lost his starting spot by midseason but improved enough to reclaim it down the stretch and finish with averages of 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said of Labissiere, ''I think in time he will be in the same breath as all of our big guys who have performed well in the NBA.''

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