Kelly Oubre became the first player in the class of 2014 to commit to the Kansas Jayhawks, when he did so on Oct. 8. The 6-7 small forward from Richmond, Texas, is rated as the No. 10 prospect by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
While Oubre had several scholarship offers, Kansas and Kentucky were atop of his list. Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, Louisville, Oregon, UNLV, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Memphis, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UCLA were among the other schools that offered Oubre.
Spending time in Lawrence "Late Night in the Phog" on Oct. 4, apparently sealed the deal for Oubre, who plays for Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.).
"When I went on my visit, I bonded with the team and they treated me like family," said Oubre. "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."
Oubre has a silky smooth jumper to go with exceptional athleticism. He is a dynamic and versatile scorer who likes to attack the hoop as much as he enjoys knocking down a triple. He is also an explosive defensive player.
Kansas is just starting to make a push in their 2014 recruiting. The Jayhawks won the recruiting war for Andrew Wiggins – last year’s No. 1 rated player in the country -- and is making a move for Jahlil Okafor, the No. 1 overall prospect in 2014. Kansas is also pursuing Tyus Jones, Myles Turner and JaQuan Lyle. Turner is rated as the No. 2 prospect in the class while Jones is No. 4, and Lyle is No. 39.
The Jayhawks are scheduled to lose three seniors after the 2014 season as well as Wiggins, who is expected to declare for the NBA draft.