Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 2:56 pm  |  4 responses

Top-10 Prospect Kelly Oubre Chooses Kansas Over Kentucky

After surprisingly announcing earlier today that he was canceling his upcoming visit to Kentucky, one of the top swingman in the country, Kelly Oubre, announced his college decision over Twitter, choosing Kansas after visiting the school last Friday at “Late Night in the Phog” and receiving a standing ovation. From CBS Sports: “Class of 2014 star Kelly Oubre announced Tuesday that he will play at Kansas. “Blessed to say that I have committed to Kansas,” Oubre tweeted. Oubre chose Kansas over a list of suitors — most notably Kentucky. 247 Sports ranks Oubre as the fourth-best prospect in the Class of 2014. The 6-foot-7 wing visited KU over the weekend and was sold on the idea of being the replacement for Andrew Wiggins — the top prospect in the Class of 2013 who will almost certainly leave after one season. “Of course [Wiggins is] going to the league [after this year], so they just need another big wing to come in and just fill that spot,” Oubre told SNY.tv. “[Kansas coach Bill Self] pretty much told me everything’s there for me.” Oubre is the first Class of 2014 prospect to commit to Kansas. The Jayhawks remain involved with several other high-profile targets — among them Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner, Tyus Jones and Cliff Alexander, the latter of whom said earlier Tuesday that he will announce his college decision on Nov. 20. Alexander is down to DePaul, Illinois, Kansas, Memphis and Michigan State.”

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  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    “The 6-foot-7 wing visited KU over the weekend and was sold on the idea of being the replacement for Andrew Wiggins”

    I find it funny that he is replacing someone who hasn’t even played an official college game yet. I don’t know how I feel about this one and done trend. I mean your recruiting kids to play for ONE year! Why not just go to the NBDL your obviously not trying to get an education.

  • Eldon Khorshidi

    Kelly is not a replacement in “that” sense. The spot will be open because Andrew has made it known he will be in Lawrence for one year. He is merely going to compete at an open roster spot (small forward), which in recruiting vernacular, is “replacing” the guy before you.

  • Enigmatic

    I’m just shocked DePaul is in Cliff Alexander’s top 5. If he somehow ends up there, what a coup. Doubt it tho :(

  • Dfrance

    That’s what Sneaker is saying. The notion that you have to recruit, knowing the top player you have coming in is only going to be at the school for one year. It’s totally changed the landscape of college basketball where coaches could recruit to build a team over a span of 2-3 years.

    Years ago, a top 5 HS wing player like Oubre would never even consider Kansas because he’d anticipate playing behind Wiggins for at least a season or 2.