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October 8, 2013
Kansas lands five-star shooting guard
Last weekend, five-star senior Kelly Oubre was a busy kid. He took an official visit to Kansas before heading to Colorado Springs for USA Basketball.
The No. 12 player in the country was dominant at the camp and said that he still planned to visit Kentucky. Instead, the 6-foot-7 shooting guard from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep decided to go ahead and end his recruitment.
Oubre scrapped his plans to officially visit Lexington and announced Tuesday that he had seen enough by committing to Kansas.
"Blessed to say that I have committed to Kansas," tweeted Oubre.
During an interview over the weekend, Oubre sang the praises of his Kansas visit and the impression that Jayhawks fans left on him.
"Late night in the Phog was great," said Oubre. "When we walked in it was a standing ovation and there was a lot of good vibe in there. They love their team, they love their city and they love everything about Kansas. I just liked that feeling."
After announcing his decision, Oubre said via text that Kansas head coach Bill Self and the family atmosphere left a big impression on him.
"KU is a family and Bill Self is the Godfather," Oubre texted Rivals.com. "Nobody is bigger than the team."
After landing three five-star prospects in the class of 2013, Oubre is the Jayhawks first from the class of 2014 and he brings plenty to the table.
Oubre's size and strength stand out immediately. Not only is he big and powerful, he can shoot with deep range and the southpaw is a fine athlete capable of finishing above the rim on the break or in transition.
He has worked hard to improve his game off the dribble and in Colorado Springs he showed that and an overall consistent game. The Jayhawks should have an opening on the wing as long as Andrew Wiggins leaves for the pros as expected and Oubre has the tools to step right in and help.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.