Campus Corner

KU target Kelly Oubre enjoyed visit to 'Late Night'

Updated: 2013-10-08T17:28:43Z


The Kansas City Star

— Nearly seven hours after attending Late Night in the Phog last Friday on his official visit to Kansas, Kelly Oubre woke up at 4 a.m. on Saturday and caught a flight to Colorado for a USA Basketball Development event.

It was just the midpoint of a road-warrior weekend for Oubre, a five-star shooting guard from Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. Two nights spent at KU on an official visit — then two days of playing in Colorado Springs against some of the best high school players in the country.

A 6-foot-7 left-hander, Oubre is rated as the No. 12 overall recruit in the Class of 2014. And despite the hectic weekend, he appeared to enjoy his visit to Kansas.

“It was great. I got to see two of their practices,” Oubre said in an interview with national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi of “I got to see how they get after it in practice, how hard Coach Self (on them) is right now. So I think they’re gonna have a great team. I got to see the guys — the brotherhood that they’re forming right now. A lot of the freshmen are starting to get used to their roles.

“It was a great experience for me; they treated me well.”

Oubre was on the visit with fellow five-star recruits Cliff Alexander, a power forward from Chicago, and Malik Pope, a shooting guard from Elk Grove, Calif. As is the Late Night custom, all three enjoyed a warm welcome while walking into Allen Fieldhouse midway through the evening.

“When we walked in, it was a standing ovation,” Oubre said. “There was a lot of good vibe in there. They love their team. They love their city. They love everything about Kansas, so I just liked the feeling.”

Oubre plans to visit Kentucky on Oct. 18, according to Rivals, and he’s been consistent in saying that he plans on picking a school this fall. For now, it appears to be a two-man race between Kansas and Kentucky.

Alexander announces list

After taking a visit to Kansas this past weekend, Cliff Alexander, the No. 4 overall player in the 2014 class, unveiled his top five schools on his Twitter account.

In addition to Kansas, he is still considering Illinois, DePaul, Michigan State and Memphis. Alexander, a senior at Curie High School, was previously also considering Arizona.

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