Handicapping the race for Kelly Oubre
September, 6, 2013
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com
Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsKelly Oubre, the No. 20 player in the Class of 2014, will likely choose between Kansas and Kentucky.We’ve already handicapped the race for Cliff Alexander and done the same for another one of the nation’s top recruits, Myles Turner. Now it’s time to break down the recruitment of another elite player in the Class of 2014: Kelly Oubre.
The long and talented New Orleans native, who moved to Houston and now attends Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, has soared up the charts -- and moved out from the shadow of North Carolina commit Justin Jackson and fellow Houston Hoops standout Justise Winslow.
Oubre carved out his niche this spring and summer, and some believe he has the highest upside of anyone in the class. Oubre has a rare combination -- length, athleticism and skill. He is 6-foot-7, plays above the rim and is able to make shots from beyond the arc.
“He’s a big, nasty wing who is long and can really shoot it,” said one coach involved in his recruitment. “And he cares about winning.”
“He’s a guy who can affect the game more than just scoring,” said another. “Defensively, he can guard three positions.”
It’s time to break down Oubre’s recruitment. Oubre and his father provided a list of finalists, but we’ve come up with an order of true contenders and pretenders after talking to multiple people involved in the recruitment.