Kansas may be in a dreadful place as far as football is concerned, but when it comes to the college hoops world, things couldn’t be better for the Jayhawks. Kelly Oubre, Jr., a five-star, 6-7 shooting guard out of Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, commited this week to play basketball at Kansas, beginning in the 2014-15 season.
Oubre was in attendance last weekend for Late Night at the Phog, the annual ceremonial kickoff at KU, and at many other college campuses around the country, basketball preseason practice. After attending “Late Night” on Friday, Oubre became convinced that Kansas was were he wanted to be. As a result, the Las Vegas high school star cancelled a planned recruiting trip to the University of Kentucky.
During his official recruiting visit to Kansas, Oubre was able to take in a couple of practice sessions and got to see the Jayhawks prized freshman in the 2013 recruiting class, which included three top-10 recruits and five recruits in the country’s top 50 high school prospects. That includes 6-8 small forward Andrew Wiggins, considered the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2013.
If Wiggins stays just one season at Kansas before declaring for the NBA, which is the expectation held by many, Oubre would be a strong candidate to fill Wiggin’s spot on the 2014-15 Jayhawks squad.
Oubre is playing his senior year at Findlay Prep, but he played the previous three high school seasons in the Houston area.
One national recruiting analyst described Oubre as “a 6-7 wing with deep range, a college body and a pretty advanced offensive game.”
Oubre and his father, Kelly Sr., moved to Houston from New Orleans, where they were living in the Crescent City’s notorious Third Ward when Hurricane Katrina struck in thelate summer of 2005, leaving widespread flooding an mass destruction in its wake.