Wednesday, July 17, 2013
No. 20 senior Oubre trims list to eight
By Paul Biancardi
Senior small forward Kelly Oubre (Fort Bend Travis/Findlay Prep) had a strong feeling he was going to make some cuts to his list of suitors shortly after the conclusion of the Nike Peach Jam this past weekend.
That feeling became a reality Wednesday morning as Oubre, the No. 20 player in the ESPN 100, trimmed his massive list down to eight schools.
Kansas, Florida, Kentucky, Georgetown, Louisville, Oregon, UConn and UNLV all made the cut, with the Wildcats being his most recent offer following Peach Jam.
No. 20 senior Kelly Oubre has trimmed his list to eight schools going into August.
“My dad and I have been dealing with this for a while and felt it was a good time to move forward," Oubre said. “The process has to be done and this starts it. I figured if I didn't have a scholarship offer by somebody at this time, they were not interested.”
The next step for Oubre’s recruiting will be to make some visits, and he’s already committed to take an official to Kansas for its annual Late Night in the Phog celebration in October. According to Oubre, the Jayhawks have been on him for a long time now.
Oubre also indicated he could trim his list to five before the school year begins and may look to make a decision during the early signing period.
With a more manageable list to choose from, Oubre is turning his attention back to the court to continue improving his game and competing with the Houston Hoops on the summer circuit.
Whichever team winds up landing the 6-foot-7 Oubre will be getting a multidimensional player who produces on both ends of the floor. He is defensive-minded player as he liked to make stops and convert them into points at the other end. He takes pride in guarding multiple spots on the floor, beginning with the point guard all the way up to a post player. Oubre’s quick feet helps him keep smaller players in front and his length aids in contesting shots and chasing them off screens, while his long frame and lockdown mentality gives him the confidence to limit what bigger players can do.
Another way he stands out is his work crashing the boards as he truly understands the value of gaining possession of the ball for his team. Oubre displays his versatility on offense as well, shooting 3-pointers, getting to the rim and cashing in from the free throw line. He can also ignite the break by grabbing a rebound and pushing the ball in transition.
There is plenty of room for his game to grow as he needs to improve his ballhandling, focus on getting lower in traffic and further develop his midrange game, but he has a number of tools to work with already.