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UK recruiting: Skal Labissiere, Maci Morris to play in North Laurel tournament

Skal Labissiere
impressed all in his first game in Kentucky as a UK signee.
Skal Labissiere impressed all in his first game in Kentucky as a UK signee. Photo provided

UK basketball signees Skal Labissiere and Maci Morris will both play within about an hour's drive of Lexington this weekend.

The two future Wildcats — and several other highly touted recruits — are set to appear in the Legacy Nissan Classic at North Laurel High School in London. The three-day event begins Friday night.

Morris and the Bell County girls team will start things off against host North Laurel on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Morris signed with UK last month and is considered the No. 44 national prospect in the class of 2015, according to the All-Star Girls Report recruiting service. She is widely regarded as the No. 1 senior in the state.

Labissiere, who signed with the UK men's team last month, will lead Reach Your Dream Prep (Tenn.) against Wesley Christian on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Scout.com ranks Labissiere as the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2015.

"The thing with Skal that makes him so intriguing is his size mixed with his athleticism and skill package," Scout.com's Evan Daniels recently told the Herald-Leader. "This is a guy that ... when it's all said and done, he could make a play for No. 1 in the class."

The versatile, 6-foot-11 forward from Memphis will also play at the Marshall County Hoop Fest on Friday night.

The Legacy Nissan Classic will also feature Apollo junior shooting guard Eli Wright, who has scholarship offers from Indiana, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State and a slew of others. Louisville has also shown serious interest in Wright, who will play in Saturday's opener.

Perry Central point guard Braxton Beverly will also play Saturday. The junior standout has offers from Western Kentucky, Marshall and several other mid-major programs.

Scott County and Lafayette will represent the 11th Region at the event.

Out-of-state players to watch include Shawntrez Davis of Sound Doctrine (Ga.), Sedee Keita of 22ft Academy (S.C.) and Franklin Agunanne of St. Louis Christian (Mo.).

Davis, a power forward, is ranked as the No. 93 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by ESPN. He has scholarship offers from several SEC schools.

Keita, also a power forward, is considered a Top 40 prospect in the class of 2016 and has offers from Syracuse, Iowa State and Memphis.

Agunanne, a 6-10 center, is already being mentioned as one of the top players to watch in the class of 2018.

Tickets for the Classic are $6 for Friday's games, $10 for Saturday's games and $8 for Sunday's games. Weekend passes are available for $20 at North Laurel High School.

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