Coach Pastner has his eyes set on local talent


Coach Josh Pastner is a busy man these days trying to get things in line before the fall semester kicks off in August. He currently has his team in summer workouts. Also, he is still waiting on Pookie Powell to become academically eligible for this upcoming season and for Michael Dixon to receive a waiver from the NCAA. But one of the top priorities that he is mainly concerned with is recruiting talent to headline the class of 2014. The Nike Peach Jam will be taking place this weekend and Pastner will be in attendance to scope out potential prospects that he and his coaching staff could possibly snatch up.

One of those prospects is the 6-10, 220-pound big man Skal Labissiere out of Evangelical Christian School in Memphis, TN. He is originally from Haiti but came to Memphis to play basketball and learn a different culture. He is currently playing for the Arkansas Kings that will be participating against 24 Nike-sponsored AAU teams at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.

Labissiere and his AAU team did damage on Wednesday night by defeating Team Fast out of Oregon by the final score of 74-58. Pastner was in attendance to check out the big fella.

Labissiere is currently ranked the No. 6 junior in the nation by ESPN.com. Labissiere is not the only player Pastner is looking at. K.J. Lawson, a 6-6 junior ranked 15th in his class by ESPN.com, and younger brother Dedric, a 6-8 sophomore ranked eighth in his class, are recruiting targets for the University of Memphis.

Labissiere, K.J., and Dedric are just a small piece of the puzzle that Pastner is checking out. He will also be evaluating no fewer than 16 class of 2014 prospects that Memphis has identified as potential prospects.

I received part of this information from the Commercial Appeal.

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