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.
My final 6! Thanks to all the other teams that recruited me! pic.twitter.com/w7hR7W4oWB— Skal Lab (@OneBigHaitian) August 13, 2014
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.
Surprised Mississippi wasn't on Skal Labissiere's list. Word was they were heavily involved.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) August 13, 2014
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).