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ESPN: One of UK's top recruits not yet cleared to play basketball for the Wildcats

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- ESPN is reporting that one of UK's top basketball recruits is not yet cleared to play for the Wildcats.

Kentucky Head Men's Basketball Coach John Calipari was in town Wednesday for the tipoff luncheon. 

Skal Labissiere is practicing with the team but his guardian tells ESPN that he has yet to be cleared by the NCAA. That guardian -- Gerald Hamilton -- may be the focus of the NCAA holdup.

Labissiere was ruled ineligible to play at a Memphis high school after transferring. He then played for Reach Your Dream Prep, a school which Hamilton created.

Calipari was in town for the tipoff luncheon and did not talk to the media, but he did talk about Labissiere during his address to the fans at the Galt House.

"Skal's got a ways to go," Calipari said. "I'm all over him like I was Carl right now. Why would you say I'd be harder on him than the other guys? Because he has more. He could be the Number One pick. So I'm gonna drive him."

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