Kelly Oubre, Jr., a 6-foot-7, 200-pound wing/forward from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., has signed a national letter of intent to play men’s
basketball at KU, head coach Bill Self announced Wednesday, the first day of the NLI signing period.
Originally from New Orleans, Oubre ranks as ESPN100′s No. 10 overall player and Rivals.com‘s No. 12-rated player in the recruiting class of 2014. Following Hurricane Katrina, Oubre moved to Richmond, Texas, in the fourth grade with his father, Kelly Sr.
“Kelly had an unbelievable spring and summer and really worked hard to elevate his national ranking,” Self said. “He has great length but is a true wing. He can play either guard slot, the two or the three, and maybe some emergency point. He’s very skilled, explosive and what we like most about him is his toughness. We think he will be able to compete at this level from a toughness standpoint from day one.”
As a junior, Oubre averaged 22.7 points while at Richmond’s Bush High School. He moved to Findlay Prep for his senior year where he is averaging 23.0 points and 7.4 rebounds five games into the 2013-14 season for head coach Jerome Williams. This past October Oubre played for USA Basketball in the Developmental National Team Mini-Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Kelly comes from a great program at Findlay,” Self said. “He’s been coached by Jerome Williams who is an ex-NBA player and has really helped Kelly a lot.”
Oubre chose Kansas over Kentucky and Florida and is the first member of the Jayhawks’ 2014 signing class.
“Coach (Norm) Roberts did a great job recruiting Kelly and his father Kelly Sr.,” Self said. “We think Kelly has a chance to impact our program in a way that very few freshmen have. He’s very well rounded. He’s an outstanding student and we all believe and know he will be a tremendous addition to our program.”