Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Scout’s take: SF Oubre picks Kansas
By Reggie Rankin
Five-star small forward Kelly Oubre (Fort Bend, Texas/Findlay Prep) committed to Kansas this afternoon after cutting his list to the Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats.
This is a monster pledge for coach Bill Self who will have another high-level wing in Oubre. Oubre, who is the No. 10 overall player in the country, is ready to be an immediate impact player when current wing Andrew Wiggins decides to make the jump to the NBA, which he is projected to do and possibly be the No. 1 pick after his freshmen season in Lawrence, Kan.
What he brings: Oubre is a terrific wing scorer at 6-foot-7, 190 pounds. When he gets into a scoring rhythm it can break the back of an opposing defender and team. The lefty finishes above the rim on the break with flair and power. He gets to the rim with powerful straight-line drives, knocks down open 3-point shots when his feet are set, posts up smaller defenders and is a major factor on the glass on both ends. He can defend both wing positions with ease, not to mention he is tough and competes on every possession.
How he fits: Self has a go-to player on the wing in Oubre. Oubre is a tough matchup because of his ability to score at the rim to the arc and rebound from the perimeter. He will be a highlight waiting to happen on the break, a kick-out shooter, slasher and lob catcher within the halfcourt offense. Self will take advantage of Oubre's matchup and it will pay big dividends for the Jayhawks on the offensive end of the floor. Defensively, Oubre can line up and successfully defend a shooting guard, small forward or a undersized power forward if needed, and can switch on all three perimeter positions at end-of-clock situations, too.
Who he reminds us of: Oubre reminds us of James Harden of the Houston Rockets -- another left-handed explosive scorer. Oubre can get into a scoring groove and put up big numbers. He can finish at the rim or knock down the deep 3. He simply finds a way to manufacture offense.
How the class is shaping up: Now with Oubre on board the Jayhawks will look more into the Jahlil Okafor-Tyus Jones package deal in addition to elite big men Myles Turner and Cliff Alexander. Self also has a close eye on former Louisville commit JaQuan Lyle. Make no mistake about it -- the Jayhawks are in the mix for a few more difference-makers at the top of the ESPN 100. Expect a strong finish for Kansas.