LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti.
"I was at my house with my little brother and my mom and the house started to shake," said University of Kentucky star freshman Skal Labissiere.
According to CNN, more than 220,000 people were killed.
"I knew exactly what it was because we had an earthquake years before that but it wasn't as bad, so I ran into my mom and my little brother did the same and the house just fell on top of us," he recalls.
Scared for his life, he thought it was a nightmare. His father was outside and feared dead. Luckily, no one in his family was seriously injured.
"I just remember hearing people screaming and hearing my little brother screaming and I just remember me thinking that it was all a dream, and it was a very scary experience like I said before and I'm just glad I got through it and to be here today."
Soon after, Skal was taken in by a family in Memphis, Tennessee. He hasn't been back to Haiti in five years. His mother, father and little sister still live there.
Today he lives in Lexington and is poised to star for a UK team that some are projecting as the #1 team in the land.
"You know I just appreciate things a little but more, coming from Haiti of course, it's nothing compared to here, but what's here in America, so I'm very thankful for life, thankful for everything that I have, the opportunities that God gave me, so I just appreciate things a little bit more."
Labissiere is projected to be one of the top picks in the NBA Draft in June of 2016, but says thanks to the life lessons he has learned, he's focusing on the present.
"Right now I'm just trying to focus on what's here and now, which is the team getting better as a team, being a good teammate, listening to what Coach Cal has to say to me."