Kansas Looks Smart, Top Prospect Kelly Oubre Commits
Prior to Tuesday night, top basketball prospect Kelly Oubre was undecided about where he was going to commit. After a visit to Kansas’ campus, however, Oubre decided to commit to the Jayhawks.
On ESPN.com Class of 2014 top 100 prospects, Oubre is listed as the 10th–best prospect. He is a 6-foot-7 small forward at Findlay College Prep, Richmond, TX, and he weighs 190 pounds.
A YouTube video of his junior year highlights shows that he is an explosive player that can be dynamic on offense and defense. He can be a game changer with his great blocks or magnificent dunks.
Oubre can be a great ball handler to create his own shots or he can be a great spot-up shooter. He showed great potential to dominate in college, wherever he was planning on committing.
Jayhawks head coach Bill Self decided to invite Oubre to visit the campus on Friday, according to ESPN.com. This is typical of a college basketball coach to do, but there is a reason why this is a genius move by the Jayhawks.
No other team that had offered him a scholarship, including Kentucky or Georgetown, had been able to get him to visit their campus. The other schools really missed out as Oubre’s visit to the campus clearly influenced his decision-making as he told ESPN:
“When I went on my visit, I bonded with the team and they treated me like family. I watched them practice twice and [I like] how hard they go and I like the way Bill Self coaches. He doesn’t hold back; he is all business and gets on them. Off the court, Coach Self is a fun guy to be with.”
The move looks even smarter when the team’s most dynamic playmaker is most likely to enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Experts view 6-foot-9 Andrew Wiggins, the top recruit from the Class of 2013, as a potential top pick in the upcoming draft.
The Jayhawks really need someone to be able to replace him, if he decides to enter next year’s draft. Oubre is obviously not as polished as Wiggins is, whom experts have compared to LeBron James, but he can be a viable replacement.
Oubre committing to the Jayhawks will help Self try to get more top prospects to commit. In recent years, many top prospects have appeared to be influenced in their decision-making process by being able to be in a winning environment.
He can now try to convince other top prospects like top-ranked center Jahlil Okafor and fourth-ranked point guard Tyus Jones why it would be a great idea to commit to the Jayhawks. By getting Oubre to commit to the Jayhawks, Self has shown that he knows what he is doing when it comes to recruiting.