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 aninterview with national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi of Rivals.com
. “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.