NCAA Men's Basketball

No. 10 recruit Oubre commits to Jayhawks

10/09 11:02 PM

K.J. Lawson, the No. 21 junior in the ESPN 60, committed to the hometown Memphis Tigers on Monday.

Kansas landed its first commitment in the Class of 2014 when Kelly Oubre, the No. 10 player in the ESPN 100, announced his commitment on Tuesday.

Spending time in Lawrence and experiencing "Late Night in the Phog" apparently sealed the deal for the third-ranked small forward, who plays for Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.).

"When I went on my visit, I bonded with the team and they treated me like family," said Oubre, a native of Richardson, Texas. "I watched them practice twice and [I like] how hard they go and I like the way Bill Self coaches. He doesn't hold back; he is all business and gets on them. Off the court, Coach Self is a fun guy to be with."

In Oubre, Self landed one of the more athletic wings in the country. Oubre's versatility at both ends of the floor -- skill on offense and length and explosiveness on defense -- will stand out in Lawrence.

The Jayhawks are no strangers to exciting big guards/small forwards. Oubre fits the mold of Ben McLemore, who played one season at KU and was the No. 7 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, and top Class of 2013 recruit and projected 2014 No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins.

Kansas is hardly done recruiting. The Jayhawks are making pushes for No. 1 overall prospect Jahlil Okafor and No. 1 point guard Tyus Jones, who are reportedly planning to pick the same school, as well as for No. 2 Myles Turner and No. 39 JaQuan Lyle.

College basketball's early signing period begins Nov. 13.


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