Kentucky's John Calipari confident Skal Labissiere will be eligible to start season

Andy Marlin / Reuters

Eligibility issues have followed Skal Labissiere closely in his time playing basketball in the United States, but Kentucky head coach John Calipari doesn't expect those issues to follow him to Lexington.

Asked Saturday at his basketball camp about whether he is confident Labissiere will be eligible to play at the start of the season, Calipari didn't hesitate.

"Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah," Calipari said, according to Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal.

Labissiere came to America with the help of a man whose motives have been questioned. He was ruled ineligible for his senior season of high school after transferring to a school in the same city after participating in spring practice at his previous school.

He later announced he would play for a prep program, which, at the time of the announcement, didn't exist. It was later formed by Labissiere's guardian to give him a place to play his senior season.

Labissiere was ruled ineligible for the McDonald's All-American Game due to the odd setup of the program.

With Kentucky pushing to acquire the services of Australian big man Isaac Humphries, many speculated the reason for the late recruiting push was an issue with Labissiere's eligibility, but it seems that's not the case.

Labissiere is ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2015 recruiting class by ESPN, and projects as the No. 1 overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.

Kentucky's John Calipari confident Skal Labissiere will be eligible to start season
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