As the 2015-16 college basketball season inches closer, the Kentucky Wildcats continue to sit and wait on the status of star freshman Skal Labissiere.
Depending on who you ask, Skal is expected to be anywhere from one of the best players in the SEC, the top guy on a national contender, to some even thinking he may finish this upcoming season as the best player in college hoops and the eventual No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
That's how high the ceiling is for Skal, but he'll never reach that in college if the NCAA doesn't clear him. They continue to investigate Skal's amateurism status and if anything happened during his high school career that would compromise it.
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports provided a great update on what exactly the NCAA is going and asking as they determine when/if they'll clear Skal to play for Kentucky this season. The NCAA is looking into allegations of possible misconduct by Skal's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, and are now interviewing a former Memphis AAU coach who was involved with Hamilton.
Jack Britton, the NCAA's Assistant Director of Amateurism, Complex Case Review, called former Memphis AAU coach Keith Easterwood on Monday and asked a variety of questions about Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, whom Easterwood has known for years. Britton subsequently followed up with an email that Easterwood provided to CBS Sports.
Two of the questions Britton asked Easterwood via email are:
"Has Mr. Hamilton ever texted you asking for your help in finding someone that could advance Mr. Hamilton a sum of mony related to Skal Labissiere?"
"Did Mr. Hamilton ever inquire to you about how he could procure a 'shoe' deal for Skal Labissiere?"
This all stems from a report last year that Hamilton was looking for ways to profit off of Skal. This certainly isn't good news if Hamilton did in fact do anything wrong. The sad part is if he did, Skal probably had no knowledge of it, yet he would be the one possibly being punished because of it.