Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AAU Coach Says Skal Labissiere's Guardian Asked "How can I make money off of a basketball player?"

An AAU coach says that Skal Labissiere's guardian once asked, "how can I make money off of a basketball player?"

Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

"Gerald never talked about trying to help kids back then," Easterwood said. "He only talked about bringing basketball players to the United States from Haiti or somewhere else."

Truth be told, Easterwood used to meet guys like this often, if only because his hometown of Memphis is littered with such people, the kind Easterwood routinely refers to as "hobos, heroes and street-corner clowns." Hamilton was, in Easterwood's mind, merely the latest. So they met but never got to know each other because, honestly, it's not like Hamilton had any players anyway, point being he wasn't, at the time, really worth getting to know.

Then, about two years ago, Easterwood got a random phone call.

"It was Gerald Hamilton," Easterwood told CBSSports.com. "He wanted to talk, and one of the things he asked me was, 'How can I make money off of a basketball player?'"

The article also includes a quote from one of the coaching staffs that is still recruiting Labissiere:

"I doubt the kid ever plays one minute in college," said a coach from one of the staffs still recruiting Labissiere. "The whole thing is a mess. I just feel sorry for the kid."

Complete Article

Labissiere, one of the top big men in the Class of 2015, will announce his college decision tomorrow and Kentucky is heavily in the mix.

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