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5-star Skal Labissiere cuts Ole Miss from his list

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Andy Kennedy's prized recruit broke off the line before the Rebs could pull him into the boat.

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So much for Andy Kennedy landing a five-star basketball prospect. Skal Labissiere, a blue-chip prospect out of Memphis who was rumored to be seriously considering Ole Miss, tweeted Tuesday night that he's narrowed his list down to Baylor, Georgetown, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina and Tennessee.

The announcement came just hours after Kennedy voiced continued optimism in snaring the 6'11 forward. Kennedy's recruiting ploy was simple: offer the guy's guardian a job as an assistant coach, a completely legal move in the eyes of the NCAA. Kennedy had been confident enough in Labissiere's interest that he had left his final staff vacancy open through summer workouts, the July AAU tournaments and the Rebels' recent trip to the Bahamas.

Alas, the ploy wasn't enough to bring Labissiere to Oxford, or even get Ole Miss into his top six. That came as a surprise to Evan Daniels, a hoops recruiting expert for Scout.com.

Oh well, maybe it's for the better. We all know what happened last time a five-star basketball recruit showed up at Ole Miss (it's absolutely not for the better. I'm just coping).