The Kansas Jayhawks are one of the few teams that seem to stay competitive with Kentucky when it comes to basketball recruiting, which makes sense considering recent success and overall stature, combined with a skilled recruiter in Bill Self.
This offseason has no doubt been a successful one for Self and the Jayhawks, as they've managed to pick up big-name recruits like Andrew Wiggins in the class of 2013, as well as get a foot in the door with many recruits in the class of 2014, namely Cliff Alexander, Jahlil Okafor, and Myles Turner, among others. They won't decide on their commitments for a while (Alexander doesn't announce until November 20th), but the Jayhawks and their fans are ecstatic today after the news of a commitment from one top 2014 recruit.
Kelly Oubre is a senior this year at Findlay Prep in Nevada, one of the best high schools at producing college-level players, the likes of which include Tristan Thompson, Avery Bradley, and Deandre Liggins. Oubre is a five-star G/F who has been heavily pursued by a plethora of teams like UConn, Georgetown, Florida, Oregon, UNLV, Louisville, and Kansas' chief rival for Oubre-Kentucky. Oubre had visited Kansas days ago, and really enjoyed the atmosphere, and was scheduled to make a visit to the University of Kentucky on October 18th. Last night, however, it was made known that Oubre had cancelled his visit to Kentucky, and was to make a big announcement the following day.
That announcement, of course, was that Oubre was verbally committing to Kansas to play basketball. As Kansas' first commit of the 2014 class, Oubre is certainly setting a high standard for a class that looks to be a highly successful one for the Jayhawks, and will more than likely best Kentucky's recruiting class, or at least give them a run for their money.
Oubre is certainly a very talented player and will no doubt add to this Kansas team, as he's a top ten recruit in the 2014 class, and that success will ultimately transfer over well onto the court, since Oubre is a gifted wing player. Kansas is certainly going to look to Oubre to fill the gap that will no doubt be left once the extremely talented Andrew Wiggins leaves for the NBA Draft, which is a certainty.
Kelly Oubre (Kansas Commit) Official Summer Mixtape (via iaelites)