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Originally published October 7, 2013 at 11:56p.m., updated October 8, 2013 at 09:45a.m.

Prep Oubre expected to announce today

Cliff Alexander says he'll announce Nov. 20, then changes to Nov. 16

Kansas recruits Kelly Oubre, left, and King McClure watch from behind the bench during Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas recruits Kelly Oubre, left, and King McClure watch from behind the bench during Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas recruits Kelly Oubre, left, and King McClure watch from behind the bench during Late Night in the Phog, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Blue-chip basketball shooting guard Kelly Oubre, a 6-foot-7 senior wing from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., who has pared his list of prospective colleges to Kansas and Kentucky, is expected to announce his college choice this afternoon.

Jayhawkslant.com has reported the time as 3 p.m. It's possible the news will come via Twitter. Kelly has used Twitter as his means of communication before. He caused quite a stir on Twitter on Monday night, writing, “Big News Tomorrow!!”

Oubre, who is ranked No. 12 nationally by Rivals.com, said at USA Basketball’s developmental camp in Colorado Springs on Sunday how much he was impressed by his Thursday-Saturday visit to KU.

He said KU coach Bill Self explained that, if he chose KU, he’d be ticketed to take over for one-and-done sensation Andrew Wiggins on the wing next season.

He had a visit scheduled to Kentucky on Oct. 18, but several recruiting analysts reported this morning that Oubre had canceled his visit to Kentucky and would be announcing his decision sometime today.

Oubre told Eric Bossi of Rivals.com he learned a lot about KU by attending two practices last weekend.

“I got to see how they get after it, how hard coach (Bill) Self is right now,” Oubre said. “They are going to have a great team. I got to see the guys, the brotherhood they are forming right now. A lot of freshmen are starting to get used to their roles. It was a great experience for me. I enjoyed it a lot. They treated me well (on visit).

“Late Night in the Phog was great,” Oubre added. “When we walked in, they (fans) gave a standing ovation. There was a good vibe in there (Allen Fieldhouse). They love their team. They love their city. They love everything about Kansas. I just like the feeling when I was in there.”

Perhaps as a hint of where he’s leaning, Oubre has the words “9 and counting” under his name on his Twitter account. That could be referring to KU’s nine consecutive league titles.

Alexander cuts Zona: Blue-chip basketball power forward Cliff Alexander sliced Arizona from his list of prospective colleges Monday, leaving five finalists.

“TOP 5 schools NO ORDER!!! Illinois, DePaul, Michigan State, Kansas, Memphis,” the 6-foot-8 Chicago Curie High senior reported on Twitter.

Alexander reported on Twitter this morning that he would announce his college choice on Nov. 20 on ESPN. Later in the morning he switched the date, saying he would announce on his birthday, Nov. 16.

Curie coach Mike Oliver told ESPN.com he believed Rivals.com’s No. 4-rated player would release a top three list by Nov. 1.

“He’s gone to DePaul and Kansas, and he liked both of them guys,” Oliver said. “He’s got two left with Illinois (Oct. 26) and Memphis (Oct. 18) coming up. He’s liked Michigan State from Day One.”

Alexander’s AAU coach, Mike Irvin, told the Chicago Tribune all five schools have a “legitimate” shot at signing Alexander.

“There is something he likes about all five,” Irvin told the Trib. “He doesn’t want to make a quick decision. This is his career.”

Alexander definitely is planning on just one year in college.

“He’s already physically ready (for NBA),” Irvin told the Trib. “If they still had the rule that you could go straight out of high school, he’d put his name in and probably be a top five pick.”

Package deal remains: No. 1-ranked Jahlil Okafor, a 6-10 senior from Chicago Whitney Young, reiterated to Rivals.com on Sunday that he’s going to go to the same school as Tyus Jones, a 6-1 senior point guard from Apple Valley (Minn.) High. The two, who are considering KU, Kentucky, Duke and Baylor, will visit KU on Oct. 18 and Duke on Oct. 25.

“Hopefully our last two visits will make our decision a little clearer,” Okafor told Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi. “Hopefully by November we can have our mind made up and we can announce.

“He’s like my brother,” Okafor added of Jones. “We’ve been saying it since freshman year. Everybody doubted us, said they’d break up eventually, won’t do what they say they’ll do. He’s still my brother; one of my best friends. It’s pretty definitive we’re going to the same school.”

Okafor said on visits, “I like to see how players interact with the coaches, visit with them away from their coaches. (He asks players), ‘Do coaches keep the promises they made? Do they change when you got there?’ See if they (players) like each other. I want to have good chemistry when I go to college. I want to win national championship. I know that starts with chemistry.”

Elijah leaves Poland: Former KU guard Elijah Johnson is no longer on the roster of Anwil Wloclawek, a professional team based in Wloclawek, Poland, the team reported on its website.

The website indicated Johnson, “had problems of acclimation and accepting a role on the team preferring to separate himself from the party (organization).”

Collins at practice: Former KU guard Sherron Collins, who attended Friday’s Late Night in the Phog, tweeted Monday that he worked out Monday with the Jayhawks.

“Practice with Kansas men’s basketball team today. They are really good,” Collins tweeted.

He has yet to sign with any pro team this season.

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William Blake 6 months, 2 weeks ago

We dig the do, Oubre!

Welcome to Jayhawk land!

Rock Chalk!

You have to love a recruit who was won by the entire package at Kansas... including, and especially, the Jayhawk fanbase!

If he thinks he felt the love Friday...

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William Blake 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I wonder about Hunter Mickelson. I know we wouldn't hear much of him since he's currently not eligible to play... but we haven't heard a word about how he figures into the future of Jayhawk basketball after he transferred here.

Could his scholarship be up on the blocks for termination if other top prospects want to sign?

I haven't heard anything about this possibility from anyone.

Maybe some of you can chime in on this?

Out of sight, out of mind, out of scholarship?

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William Blake 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Backing up Perry this year will be Jamari Traylor and senior-citizen, Tarik Black. Jamari Traylor brings an abundance of strength, athleticism and enthusiasm to the game of basketball. All of those components are helpful at the D1 level, but only when matched with skilled played. Jamari has been working on developing an offense this past summer. Whether or not his new offensive game will be helpful for Jayhawk basketball is yet to be seen, but it is bound to be helpful for Jamari down the road when he's looking for a career in basketball. One question I'd like to have answered is whether or not Jamari has honed his defensive skills? Developing defensive skills is an easier path than developing offensive skills, and if he can bring in some skilled defense to go along with his gifts mentioned above, he will definitely bring some helpful minutes to this young Jayhawk team.

Tarik Black is a known entity. Many opposing D1 post players already know Tar.. all 260 lbs of him. Tar needed a fresh start and new philosophy from his home at Memphis so he came to Kansas, and from all talk in Lawrence, he's doing more than fitting in as a new Jayhawk. His experience in D1 along with elder status has helped establish him as one of the leaders for this young Jayhawk team.

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William Blake 6 months, 2 weeks ago

BBall2012,

It is time to examine the power forward match-ups.

Besides Wiggins at the shooting forward, the power forward is the second-most easy position to name a starter this year at Kansas. Perry Ellis couldn't nail down the spot for most of last year, but he is a shoe-in this year to own the 4 at Kansas.

Word on the street, in the blogs, and from Kansas coaching is that Perry has made major strides in his game since last year. He's worked hard to extend his range out to the 3-pt line. He's hit the weight room and bulked on some solid muscle in hopes of better controlling the post. He's worked on his ball-handling skills trying to help his open court game. He's extended his vertical leap to become more athletic down low in the post for scoring and rebounding. He's lifted his confidence so this year he'll shoot right out of the gates because Perry knows what he can do this year in D1.

Perry's background differs from many of the top players in D1. Perry was born with good basketball genes; a long, athletic body. But Perry wasn't born a freak athlete like some. Few players had to make the sacrifices Perry had to make to get where he's at today. Perry can tell you how many wood planks there are in the basketball courts he developed on because he lived his life in those gyms. Perry knows how to train and work hard, it is what Perry is best at. Perry likes to have goals in front of him because he knows how to accomplish them. Perry is an excellent academic student for the same reasons. Last spring, Perry was given an assignment for improvements over summer from CS and from Hudy, and Perry went to work... lunch pale in hand and he stayed working from morning until night. That's why Perry isn't the most-talkative Jayhawk. Perry doesn't have time to talk, he's got work to do. Name another past Jayhawk player that owned a stoic look like Perry has? Perry means business.

All of those attributes will be helpful for Perry this year and moving forward, but he will be tested to the maximum if Kansas gets a game with Kentucky. Perry will take his shy, methodical game and will have to try to hold serve with the most-dominating alpha-dog power forward in college basketball in quite some time, perhaps several decades.

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Tony Bandle 6 months, 2 weeks ago

First shot by the U.S.S. Kansas Jayhawk over the bow of NCAA Division One Basketball!! Damn the torpedoes..full speed ahead. Mr. Alexander...come on down!!

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Joe Baker 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Finally - It's official...Welcome to Jayhawk Nation Kelly Oubre.

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Ryan Zimmerman 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Oubre just announced on Twitter commit to KU

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Konkis Dongington III 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Tweet just went out. Oubre to KU! Rock Chalk!

And to the ire of all of the 'Univerity of Kansas, not Kansas University' hawks, here's the tweet body:

Kelly Paul Oubre Jr. ‏@K_Ctmd22 2m Blessed to say that I have Committed to Kansas University !! #RockChalk

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Brianna Zaleski 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I find it really Concerning that a potential recruit is spilling these sorts of details about confidential conversations b/w him and Self. This and the haircut makes me wonder if this kid mighty be a bit risky... I'm trying not to cast too much judgement, but I always fear a DeMarcus Cousins type player coming in and totally disrupting our team chemistry w his me first attitude.

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David Duong 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Kelly Oubre has cancelled his visit to Big Blue Madness at UK. He is expected to commit to KU today!

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Dan Cook 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Welcome aboard Kelly Oubre, Jr! I am very pleased we have a Houston kid in the fold. We need a few more Texas recruiting successes, especially from the Houston area where there is so much talent.

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Konkis Dongington III 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Well, the handwriting is clearly on the wall with Oubre, so it's just a matter of waiting for the shoe to officially drop. His commitment basically makes this a successful recruiting season in and of itself. Anyone else that we bring into the fold after this will be gravy unless we lose both Ellis and Embiid to the pros, and I think that's highly unlikely.

As much praise as Self's got for this class, or for the 2005 class that brought Rush, Chalmers, Wright, and Downs (briefly) to KU, if Self adds Turner and Alexander to what should still be an absolutely loaded squad for next season, that will be his greatest recruiting accomplishment ever. And it's certainly possible because at this point, I think we're all but guaranteed to add Selden to the OAD list. As jaybate noted, the kid not only has an NBA ready body, but an NBA ready brain and GMs have taken notice of that lately.

As for Oubre's signing, the one with the most to lose probably is neither White nor Greene, but Frankamp. Selden and Wigs moving on will open up two spots for 3 wings which makes for a nice rotation as far as the guys who aren't primary ball handlers. Frankamp, however, doesn't look like he's projecting to backup Tharpe, and he's at a considerable size/strength/defensive disadvantage compared to White/Greene/Oubre. His only ace is being a better ball handler than those guys. If that dynamic doesn't change by next season and if neither White nor Greene transfers, I'd look for Frankamp to redshirt with the focus on becoming a starter as a 4th year jr like Releford. The good news there is the Conner's a dyed-in-the-wool Jayhawk and if redshirting is what it takes, that's what he'll do.

Oubre himself isn't a projected OAD at this time. That could change, though. He and Myles Turner have been the two big up and comers this summer. Even if Oubre is top 10 talent, it's important to keep in mind that a lot of those guys end up coming back another year. Look at 2012's top 10: whether you go by ESPN or Rivals, half those guys (even the ones that were consensus top 10) came back for sophomore campaigns. Oubre is talented, but he's more of a lesser Brandon Rush than a Wiggins or a Selden. That said, if there's lottery money calling in 2015, I would expect him to take it. I don't want KU to attract more than 1 or 2 OAD's a year, though, so I'm hoping things go more like at UNC than UK with some of these guys.

On a fun side note, I'm looking forward to the nickname K-O Kelly or something of the sorts.

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jaybate 6 months, 2 weeks ago

All are likely overthinking the foreground. In the foreground it is sign the best pieces the background permits, red shirt whoever wants to, and run the rest. Try to find them slots in the Okie Baller Mafia, but run them. This how it is. You can't say who will be run till you know who he signs. He will run anyone. If he found 13 guys better than Wiggins, he would run Wiggins.

The background is what biases outcomes. How many OADs is Self going to be allowed by the SHOECO duopoly? Recently they have stacked UNC, UCLA, UK, Duke, Baylor and Zona. Cal and Self seem most at the teat now. Self will take as many as they permit him. For awhile they permitted him nothing but sloppy seconds from imploding programs. Now he is at the table. Cal may have been being punished with Wiggins. Cal fell into the NIT with a stacked deck. The SHOECO duopoly, and the media-gaming complex lost big on that bet. They probably hedged their bets with Self this time. Cal was given another stacked deck, but not the next Lebron to go with it. Discipline. Cal has to get her done this year, or they move onto the next best option to stack. Self has won with less, so he is getting his shot. If he fails, they move to the next option. I don't believe for a second in the invisible hand of a market this tightly constrained. I believe the SHOECO duopoly has to be making clear which menu of teams is acceptable to the top 10 players. Different players pick differently from the menu, but I believe the menu is set. This is essentially like standing in line at the Fed bailout window. There is a pecking order of who gets bail outs. Friends come first. Then persons you want to make friends with. The trouble makers get cut off. Etc.

HC's are working to get to the head of the stacking line. This ain't conspiracy. This is real kick politik in my opinion.

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Brandon Mahon 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Is Justin Wesley a scholarship player?? I know that Manning, Self, Roberts are not. What about Garret I do not think he is either. We will for sure be losing Wesley, Wiggins, possibly Selden, possibly Embiid. Do not forget we have Mickelson red-shirting this year. With how stacked the team is I definitely see someone going down the Releford route and redshirting because there is just TOO much talent. AW3 could do that and look how Releford turned out.

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soapisurfriend 6 months, 2 weeks ago

It's pretty clear anyways. As of last night Oubre began following the Gonzalez twins, Selden, KUBball, etc on twitter. Oubre today, Cliff Alexander on November 20th. Mark your calendars. Also can KU just keep the Gonzalez girls forever?

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bjdku 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Evan Daniels of Fox tweeted that Oubre has cancelled his Kentucky visit. https://twitter.com/EvanDanielsFOX

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KU 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Bill Self only says what he has carefully calculated for the specific effect he hopes to attain. It is unlike Bill Self to openly tell a recruit that if he comes to KU, he is slated to take over for a specific departing player. Bill Self believes in making freshmen earn everything they get. Have you ever heard a recruit say that Bill Self told him it was "pretty much all there for me"?

Bill Self knows he has a shot at some really special players in this recruiting class....more players than he has available scholarships. Therein lies the challenge.

Self's intentionally loose lips in his discussion with Oubre may be a warning shot to some players on the roster that their scholarships are not guaranteed next year. His words may be intended to plant the seeds of discontent for some players who are outside the regular rotation in hopes that they will proactively seek a transfer.

Just surmising......

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FarSideHawk 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I know I should be excited about Oubre leaning towards Kansas, but I'm just not. I have this sinking feeling. I believe in loyalty and rewarding effort and hardwork. I love seeing teams develop over a period of years, suffering heartbreaks and coming together for greatness eventually.
If it's filling an obvious need with a super talent, then it's fine. We did that this year and then some.
But for next year, we have AWIII and Greene already for the 3 spot and they are not going anywhere for a while.
I kind of miss Roy's one year on, one year off recruiting this year.

I know I know, that's how it is these days, and you have to do this to keep up with the Jones's...but I still don't like it.

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Steve Brown 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Love recruiting talk, but rather focus on enjoying this year's vintage. Let the good times roll.

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hawk4evr 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Off topic, FYI, Sasha Kaun had 12 points and 9 rebounds for his CSKA Moscow team that defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime last night. He should be in the league!

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Bryce Landon 6 months, 2 weeks ago

If Oubre is ready to make his decision before his scheduled visit to Kentucky, this is very good news. How cool would it be to steal another recruit out from under Calamari's nose? Since I currently live in Louisville, I could brag about it to my UK friends just as I did when KU landed Wiggins.

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Chris Shaw 6 months, 2 weeks ago

On another note....I really think Self needs to groom Sherron into a coach. Collins loves Kansas and in the long run....he has some pretty good connections in the Chicago hoops sector.

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Chris Shaw 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Now this is just me, but I am perfectly content with Tharpe, Mason, and Frankamp running the show for the next couple of years.

With KU's stellar recruiting class this year and the potential of Oubre and or Alexander/Myles Turner coming into KU next year...I like the PG's that KU currently has.

History has shown that KU produces with blue collar type point guards not highly ranked nationally for the most part.

I would much rather have guys like Tharpe, Mason, and Cocoa Blanco running the show surrounded by 5 star recruits like Wiggins, Selden, Embiid, Ellis, Oubre, Alexander, Greeene, etc etc.

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AsadZ 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Jones and Okafor are not coming to KU. They are Duke bound, package deal.

With Tharpe in his senior year and Mason getting a year under Self I dont see a need for a blue chip PG. I'd rather sign a 4 star player and let him develop for a year or two under Self.

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clevelandjayhawker 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Time to go to ole youtube for some Oubre mix tapes

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REHawk 6 months, 2 weeks ago

White, Greene, Oubre. Hmmm....

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jaybate 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Slayr,

EJ's difficulties in Poland remind that Tyrel and Brady came home quickly and Sherron has seemed not to stick over there. I am wondering if a trend is emerging? Or has Europe always been a tougher option than it seemed.

Do you think the reputed deep depression in Europe is having a bad effect on Europe as an option for American basketball players?

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hwtan 6 months, 2 weeks ago

If Oubre commits, does that mean Okafor and Jones will not come to KU since we have left with only one scholarship?

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Konkis Dongington III 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Too bad about EJ, but not utterly surprising either. While race relations are by no means perfect in this country, when you get out into the world, you begin to really appreciate how much progress has been made. Poland is not a melting pot society, and it doesn't surprise me a bit that 'acclimating' could be a problem for a young, American, black man. As for Sherron, I hope he sticks around for the year. I've said since he left KU that he'd make an excellent coach some day and, although I hate to say it, with as many false starts as he's had trying to create a pro career, at this point I don't think it will ever happen. He hasn't managed to control his weight without Hudy and the way he's left every team he's signed with, it'd have to leave a bad taste in even the most desperate GM's mouth. But spend a year learning the other side of the game with Self. Or ship off to SMU for some tutelage from one of the all time greats, perhaps? I'm sure Manning wouldn't mind an All American point guard coaching the smalls at Tulsa (and maybe bringing a couple Chi-town recruits along with). Either way, I wish them both the best in their careers.

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SaltLakeHawk 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Sad news about EJ. Here's hoping that EJ finds his shoes, and then does the appropriate thing with said shoes.

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jayhawkinnc 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow....this would be GREAT news if Oubre picks us. I think it's no coincidence that lots of elite players are considering us once Wiggins chose us. Keep up the great recruiting Coach Self!!!

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SoCalAlum 6 months, 2 weeks ago

(Blue) Chips are about to fall...if Oubre commits, who's next? Would be only one spot left: Alexander (no rush to commit) or Turner (supposed to wait until Spring). What a great time to be a Jayhawk!

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