Bill Self landed his first recruit for the 2014 class and it is a doozy.
Kelly Oubre, the 12th ranked player in the country according to Rivals, has announced he has committed to Kansas.
Blessed to say that I have Committed to Kansas University !! #RockChalk
— Kelly Paul Oubre Jr. (@K_Ctmd22) October 8, 2013
Out of Henderson, Nevada, Oubre is a raw athlete who is developing quickly according to scouts. He is a slasher, who can shoot and said to be a physical defender.
Oubre had offers from Florida, Arizona, Louisville, Connecticut, and Georgetown among others.
Adding Oubre is key for the Jayhawks for two reasons. One, the 6-7 wing is a suited to fill the role Andrew Wiggins will leave behind once he declares for the NBA draft after this season is over. Oubre is nowhere near the level of talent Wiggins, but who is? Still, he’s a very talented player – as represented in is high national ranking – and can do the types of things Self is looking for out of that position.
Second, Kansas just netted yet another recruiting victory over Kentucky. After losing so many top recruits to Kentucky the last few years, Self appears to have made an adjustment in the way he has been able to appeal to athletes who were otherwise going to John Calipari. The continued ability to land some of the top players in the country should keep the Jayhawks firmly planted in the high perch they’ve created for themselves in the Big 12 and nationally.
Landing two talents like Wiggins and Oubre may also help Kansas in landing top recruit Jahlil Okafor, who is also being heavily targeted by Kentucky.
KU’s next major recruiting battle will be to obtain the services of either Myles Tuner or Cliff Alexander, both highly-rated big men. Alexander is expected to decide between schools like Arizona, Michigan State, Louisville, Illinois, Memphis, Kentucky, Indiana and KU in November. Turner has not set a date to announce his decision.
Top prospect Kelly Oubre Jr. has committed to #KUbball. Those questions a couple years ago about Bill Self’s recruiting ability can stop.
— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) October 8, 2013
Kelly Oubre announcing today between Kansas and Kentucky. Not too many players in 2014 class with higher upside.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 8, 2013
— JayhawkSlant (@JayhawkSlant) October 8, 2013