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Originally published October 8, 2013 at 12:45p.m., updated October 9, 2013 at 12:04a.m.

SG Kelly Oubre commits to Kansas basketball

No. 12-rated player says 'nobody is bigger than the program' at KU

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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When the going gets tough, new Kansas University basketball commit Kelly Oubre Jr. takes a long look at a prized possession that hangs on his bedroom wall.

“He got a black belt (in karate) when he was 7. It’s his first sense of accomplishment,” Kelly’s dad, Kelly Oubre Sr., said Tuesday after his son, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound senior shooting guard from Findlay Prep High in Henderson, Nev., orally committed to play basketball at KU.

“I always refer to that when times get rough for him, so he can actually see what he accomplished early on. It’s why he doesn’t quit on things that he starts,” Oubre Sr. added.

Oubre, who chose KU over runner-up Kentucky and Florida, said, “of course I kind of lost all my karate skills (in concentrating on hoops the past many years), but I’m proud of my black belt. I’m very proud of it.”

After earning the black belt in his hometown of New Orleans — Kelly moved to Richmond, Texas, with dad after Hurricane Katrina hit when he was in fourth grade — Oubre Jr. “decided he wanted to do something different. He wanted to play basketball and has been playing ever since,” Oubre’s dad said.

Oubre has had a steady rise in basketball, climbing to No. 12 in Rivals.com’s rankings following his junior year at Richmond’s Bush High, where he averaged 22.7 points a game. He’s moved to the Nevada prep school for his senior year.

“Kelly is the top player in 2014. I’m a biased dad but also a basketball aficionado,” Oubre Sr., said. “He can feed the post from anywhere. He can run the point, play the 2, the 3. He can play the 4. He can post up and take you off the dribble, do pretty much whatever coach needs him to do.”

Noted Findlay Prep coach and former Georgetown standout Jerome Williams: “He has length, athleticism, shooting range that does not limit him on the court, is an extremely hard worker and great student. He’s carrying a 3.8 (GPA) here.”

Oubre — he plans on studying sports management in college — learned enough about KU on his Thursday-Saturday official visit that he decided on Saturday night that KU was the place to be. He canceled his Oct. 18 visit to Kentucky on Tuesday morning, then tweeted, “Blessed to say that I have Committed to Kansas University !! #RockChalk”

“I was up there a couple days. I could see the brotherhood they have. I see how in coach (Bill) Self’s program, they are all for it. They treat everybody like there’s nothing bigger than the team, even the guys who are one-and-done. Nobody is bigger than the program,” Oubre Jr. said.

He’s a big fan of the leader of the Jayhawks.

“Coach Self is pretty much like ‘Godfather’ of the whole program because everybody buys into his system,” Oubre Jr. said. “They follow his lead because when he is happy, the whole team is happy. When he is in the gym, everybody is up tempo. It all revolves around him. He gets down to business when it needs to be done because he wants to win national championships.”

Self stressed to Oubre and his dad that Kelly would be an instant impact player.

“We spoke to him that he needed a replacement for Andrew (Wiggins, 6-8 freshman) because Andrew will probably be one-and-done,” Oubre Sr. said. “Even if Andrew stayed, my mindset was Kelly can learn from Andrew a lot about the position and go against a top-notch guy consistently. Even if Wayne (Selden, 6-5 freshman guard) stays, it’s still a win-win. There wasn’t a bad scenario we could put together.”

There’s a chance Oubre will stay at KU more than one season.

“If it calls for that, yes, I could,” Oubre Jr. said. “I have no problem with that. If the time’s right and I’m ready to come out, I’d do that.”

The elder Oubre, who is a special-education teacher, said: “That’s one of the reasons behind choosing Kansas. Coach Self doesn’t kick you out if you are not ready. I don’t care too much for it (one-and-done) because if you look at it over the last couple drafts, the success of the guys one-and-done is few and far between. Every once in a while you find guys who can make it through. I’m more concerned about his education after maybe a two-year stint or three-year stint. How close is he to that degree and having a greater business mind going into the next level, whatever that is?” added Oubre Sr. “I think the first year in college as well as the pros, maybe two, is a learning curve. That learning curve can be cut considerably if he stayed and developed in college.”

Self speaks: KU coach Self could not comment on the specific signing in accordance with NCAA rules. He did cite Late Night in the Phog as a great recruiting tool at Tuesday’s Coaches vs. Cancer event in Kansas City, Mo.

“It’s hard not to like what you see at Late Night. But we did get a commitment. I can’t talk about it. But we obviously got some good news today, and we need to get a little bit more good news,” said Self, who has a minimum of two scholarships available (Tarik Black and Wiggins with possibility of others leaving).

“I’m really happy with the players we have, but the chances that all of them are going to remain at KU next year is probably not the greatest of odds with some guys with the potential to enter the draft early. We’ve got to be prepared, and today was a good start for us.”

Oubre, who said he “felt the love” of the fans at Late Night, said he would try to help in recruiting.

“I’m trying to recruit my boy Tyus and Jahlil,” he said of package deal Tyus Jones (6-1, Apple Valley, Minn., High, ranked No. 5) and Jahlil Okafor (6-10, Chicago Whitney Young, ranked No. 1). And big Cliff (Alexander, 6-8 Chicago Curie, No. 4). We can be the best recruiting class probably ever. We have a chance to get it done.”

Cliff sets date: Alexander, who also attended Late Night, tweeted on Tuesday that he will announce his college choice Nov. 16, his birthday. He has a list of KU, Michigan State, Illinois, Memphis and DePaul.

Comments

Ralster Jayhawk 6 months, 1 week ago

Player development? A patient dad? I like all this alot! Kelly Oubre, one of the women you will get to know the best during your time at KU is a blonde named Andrea...The things she can teach and show you are legend...

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Ralster Jayhawk 6 months, 1 week ago

This year: We Rock, Shock& AWe (AWiggins, AW3)...

Next year: We Rock 'em, K.O. 'em (KOubre), and Chalk-outline 'em!

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Joan Kalivoda 6 months, 1 week ago

Wiggins, another one and done that Self can't coach.

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packywacky88 6 months, 1 week ago

Dad sounds great, GPA is 3.8 I want chocolate cake

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bennybob 6 months, 1 week ago

Another potential OAD?!

Any body ready to admit they were wrong about the whole "Self doesn't like OADS' and "Hes taking lower guys on purpose" rationalizations during the recruiting slump?

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hawkmoon2020 6 months, 1 week ago

Oubre (SG/SF) is undoubtedly a great get, and adding Alexander (PF) would be even greater. However, while I would be estatic with just those two committing, I struggle with our quest for a C and PG out of this '14 class. With NT, FM and CF returning, I think pursuing a '15 PG is more important. If Embiid returns, we will have JE, HM and LL at Center, and thus a '15 C pursuit would be more important. Especially if Zimmerman (C) is available and interested. As always though, I trust Coach Self to be the "Head Chef" when gathering the right ingredience for a NC caliber team, and know we will be fine no matter what.

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divepierredive 6 months, 1 week ago

Bleacher Report's initial report on Oubre's commitment included the following ("marquee problems"), which I thought was an interesting slip:

"Oubre was rated as the No. 4 prospect in the country by 247 Sports, and the outlet's composite ranking had him at No. 8 overall. Both rankings have him as the No. 2 shooting guard in the class. 247 Sports listed Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and Georgetown among the other marquee problems that had shown interest in Oubre before the decision was made." http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1803192-kelly-oubre-to-kansas-jayhawks-land-5-star-sg-prospect?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=kansas-jayhawks-basketball

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IlBastardo 6 months, 1 week ago

It is indeed the end of an era. Now instead of inferring that you are all a bunch of pussies from your blind acceptance of Tait's ridiculous optimism, your beta male jaybate worship, and your constant lament that the greatest football coach we ever had was "abuthive", we get to see your vaginas for real on your social media pages. It's a great day for Robin "accountability" Smith. Undoubtedly his incessant flagging of other users led to these measures. I can't wait to confirm that he really is a raging faggot when he links his homosexual E-Harmony account. It is fitting for the crusade to end with the ultimate confirmation that our fanbase is so thin-skinned we can't even take anonymous, cyber criticism. An actual goddamned man like Mangino was never going to fit in here in the testosterone free zone. Every man on here was suffocated by the festering cun'ts of 20 Marchphogs and their penis envy. While the donors at Late Night may have been a substantial step toward taking the fire out of Allen Fieldhouse, Neil Dougherty is spinning in his grave at the thought of all the menstruating vaginas of our sheepish fanbase staining the benches even in the student section.

Don't fret. You guys will find another place to congregate, like your local Curves Fitness. There are plenty of places for modern, liberated women in our society. If I were jaybate, however, I'd be careful. If Oakville and ATL aren't too turned off by his glorified clitoris, he may want to consider investing in a rape whistle once he reveals his real name.

Anyway, ever since Mangino, you guys have been making your bed. Now lie in it. Fuc'k Robin Smith.

Keep Sawin' Wood.

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Harlan50 6 months, 1 week ago

Both Kelly's seem like wonderful people. Kelly Jr.'s attitude seems so level headed, and his father obviously provides a great support system. We should be extremely proud to call them Jayhawks!

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MartyrMangino 6 months, 1 week ago

It is indeed the end of an era. Now instead of inferring that you are all a bunch of pussies from your blind acceptance of Tait's ridiculous optimism, your beta male jaybate worship, and your constant lament that the greatest football coach we ever had was "abuthive", we get to see your vaginas for real on your social media pages. It's a great day for Robin "accountability" Smith. Undoubtedly his incessant flagging of other users led to these measures. I can't wait to confirm that he really is a raging faggot when he links his homosexual E-Harmony account. It is fitting for the crusade to end with the ultimate confirmation that our fanbase is so thin-skinned we can't even take anonymous, cyber criticism. An actual goddamned man like Mangino was never going to fit in here in the testosterone free zone. Every man on here was suffocated by the festering cun'ts of 20 Marchphogs and their penis envy. While the donors at Late Night may have been a substantial step toward taking the fire out of Allen Fieldhouse, Neil Dougherty is spinning in his grave at the thought of all the menstruating vaginas of our sheepish fanbase staining the benches even in the student section.

Don't fret. You guys will find another place to congregate, like your local Curves Fitness. There are plenty of places for modern, liberated women in our society. If I were jaybate, however, I'd be careful. If Oakville and ATL aren't too turned off by his glorified clitoris, he may want to consider investing in a rape whistle once he reveals his real name.

Anyway, ever since Mangino, you guys have been making your bed. Now lie in it. Fuc'k Robin Smith.

Keep Sawin' Wood.

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Matt Spitzli 6 months, 1 week ago

Looks like a great player and a fine young man. Also very pleased with the quote from his dad; sounds like he has a solid family foundation.

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justanotherfan 6 months, 1 week ago

Everyone knows that KU will sign at least 3 players this recruiting year. I'm betting on four.

Oubre is 1.

Wiggins is a OAD. No #1 ranked recruit in any service has returned for his sophomore season since the OAD era began. I doubt Wiggins becomes the first. That opens up a scholarship.

Selden and Embiid are both moving up draft boards quickly. If either one plays well, they are likely gone.

It looks like Self is trying to blend a team of OAD high talent guys with 3-4 year players. He will always have guys like Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor, Naadir Tharpe (Releford, Johnson, Withey before them) that stay for four years (or even five). The key is to put enough breakout talent around them to compete for a title.

Wiggins, Selden and Embiid are the breakout talent this year, surrounded by a host of four year players.

Next year Oubre and whomever else signs (Alexander? Okafor?) will be those elite talents surrounded by a junior standout like Perry Ellis and a senior PG like Naadir Tharpe.

This is reloading at its best.

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Kevin Huffman 6 months, 1 week ago

Yep, rigiht now there's technically NONE officially left. Oubre takes Black's as he will have exhausted his eligibility.

The next one to commit would be under the OBVIOUS presumption that Wiggins is OAD.

Any after that would be under any presumptions that Selden and/or Embiid are OAD.

So if J. Okafor & Jones commit BEFORE Alexander. That would mean that EITHER Selden or Embiid would HAVE TO BE known to be OAD.

So in some ways if Okafor & Jones go to Duke & we get Alexander.....if nothing else happens can always hope that Selden & Embiid stick around.

***You would rather reward the patience of a Traylor, Lucas or White then chase them off.

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ccarp 6 months, 1 week ago

Is Wesley not on scholarship? Wouldn't he make 3 schoolies?

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Stu Van Gorp 6 months, 1 week ago

UK-Knocked out in the NAIA. Looms heavy IMHO. And rightly so. Welcome Home Kelly. F.O.E.

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Scott MacWilliams 6 months, 1 week ago

WOW!! This is GREAT news!!

I especially love what Kelly Sr. says about his sons education, both in hoops and the classroom. Sounds like KO could be here 2 or 3 years, depending on many factors. KO Sr. also dissed UK for kicking players out the door when maybe they weren't ready, great to hear from an astute parent. Rad hair!! and a black belt at 7?? I really doubt that he's forgotten as much karate as he thinks.

Welcome to Jayhawk Nation, Kelly!!

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Joe Baker 6 months, 1 week ago

Now that Oubre has committed, many are already speculating on his status at KU. I like what I'm reading.

“It’s a win-win all the way around,” Kelly Sr. said. “We don’t talk about one-and-done possibilities in my house, because I’m more concerned about maturity, longevity and development.”

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/08/4539553/ku-target-kelly-oubre-cancels.html#storylink=cpy

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mandomax 6 months, 1 week ago

the headline of this article lists Oubre as a SG, but most recruiting sites (and his size) indicate he is a SF. Any clarification? I know he says he can play anywhere from the 2-4...

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dumbarton 6 months, 1 week ago

Way to go Kelly! Welcome to the Jayhawk family! You made the right choice and we're honored to have you!!. On a side note, Tyshawn Taylor looked awesome tonight preseason against the Wizards. 16 points and 6 assists. Dude is playing great.

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JayHawkFanToo 6 months, 1 week ago

If KU gets Cliff Alexander, I will call it a great class. Everything else is gravy.

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jayhawkintexas 6 months, 1 week ago

And in other news, Bruce Weber hit the recruiting trail. He is hoping to find ANYBODY that is willing to play for K-State.

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Bewareofthephog Fifety-Five 6 months, 1 week ago

My 2015 Jayhawk projections:

PG Naadir Tharpe [5-11 Sr], Frank Mason [5-11 So] OR Conner Frankamp [6-0 So]

SG Andrew White III [6-6 Jr], Brannen Greene [6-7 So] OR Conner Frankamp [6-0 So]

SF Kelly Oubre [6-7 Fr], Brannen Greene [6-7 So]

PF Perry Ellis [6-8 Jr], Jamari Traylor [6-8 Jr]

C Joel Embiid [7-0 So], Hunter Mickelson [6-10 Jr]

This is very promising, especially since this leaves out Myles Turner, Cliff Alexander, and Jaquan Lyle who are all said to be favoring Kansas. The only weakness I see is that we may not have a ball handler at the 2. This is a problem that can be easily fixed if Frankamp breaks through at the 2 or if Jaquon Lyle commits.

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mikehawk 6 months, 1 week ago

Can't add anything to what has been said...oh, I know...love the doo, man. Very cool.

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William Blake 6 months, 1 week ago

Upside on Oubre:

  1. He's not done growing. He could easily be a legitimate 6'9" when arriving in Lawrence. (That's 6'11" in KU inches!)

  2. His game is good, but still a bit raw for a top recruit. Imagine what he'll become after polishing!

  3. He started adding considerable strength last year, and will continue to do so this year, and then fall into the Hudy program!

  4. He has great court awareness... something very hard to teach.

  5. He's got a great motor. Imagine a more-capable Kevin Young?

  6. He's got a great attitude! He wants to win and is open-minded for learning the game.

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William Blake 6 months, 1 week ago

BBall... I keep posting the power forward installment.

Should I post it again here?

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AsadZ 6 months, 1 week ago

BBball, After winning the NC Bill in 2008, Bill Self went through couple of medicore recruiting years. And, unexpected early departures of Selby/Twins hurt KU.

During this time, Calapri, loaded with top notch talent, also taught him a valuable lesson. KU's team with decent talent and upper classmen had an incredible year, went all the way to the NC championship game, and came so close to the ultimate. But still it was so far, in the end it was Calapari's top notch talent that came on the top.

Bill Self learned the lesson. I thank your coach.

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Mike Bratisax 6 months, 1 week ago

Alexander and Turner for the trifecta!

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DDDHawk 6 months, 1 week ago

Welcome to you, and your family, Kelly! You're on your way to joining the Jayhawk family!

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johnproc 6 months, 1 week ago

Geez, what's with all the parenthetical corrections on Oubre's quotes? Unnecessary and distracting.

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illuminatironin 6 months, 1 week ago

We should show Riggle and Sudeikis some love too. I am sure it makes a difference having Riggle do Late Nite and seeing them both in the stands at games.

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Jack Wilson 6 months, 1 week ago

2014-15 (if Selden and Embiid bolt with Wiggins)

1] Tharpe 5'11"

2] Greene 6'7"

3] Oubre 6'7"

4] Ellis 6'8"

5] Turner 6'11" or Alexander 6'8"


6] Traylor 6'8"

7] White 6'6" or Frankamp 6'0"

8] Lucas 6'10" or Mickelson 6'10"

9] Mason 5'11"

It just looks nice on paper.

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JayhawkRock78 6 months, 1 week ago

Welcome to Jayhawk Nation Mr Oubre. I was on my feet with the rest at late night when they introduced the recruits. That " Jayhawk love" you felt is the real deal. This from a grad who has been enjoying AFH for more than 4 decades. Rock Chalk!!!

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Luca Rossi 6 months, 1 week ago

Awesome news! Glad to have you aboard Kelly, Rock Chalk!

Not sure what his hairdo is called but is it too soon for KU Merchandising to begin designs for Oubre Wigs?!? I'm picturing a whole section of Oubre's Hombres all sporting the same hair, haha.

Also, think the fans should cool off with the KU vs. Kentucky comparisons. When recruits look at the whole package, (coaching, development, history, recent trends, etc) KU is definitely the superior program right now. Players that aren't smart enough to see that aren't players I'd want here anyway. Sounds like Kelly saw the light while he was here and made a great decision. Only one (maybe 2) schollys left, some of the other recruits that wait until spring to commit may get left out...

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ClydeTurnbuckle 6 months, 1 week ago

So...is Brannen Greene going to transfer?

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Ron Franklin 6 months, 1 week ago

Having to make a Kentucky comment after every commitment we get gives the impression of an inferiority complex, in my humble opinion.

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stanleys 6 months, 1 week ago

Maybe Weis can use the recruiting tool as saying "if you come to Kansas you'll be playing at a school with the best bb coach and fans in the world"? Even tho' it won't his coaching abilities at all.

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LAJayhawk 6 months, 1 week ago

Make no mistake, this is a huge, huge pick up. This kid might be the best player in the class.

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Steve Jacob 6 months, 1 week ago

I will bet Kentucky makes sure their "Late Night" is before KU's from now on.

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AzHawk97 6 months, 1 week ago

And we know he must read KUsports by committing to "Kansas University!" ; )

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Ron Franklin 6 months, 1 week ago

Queue Master OakVilleJHawk Kenobi on the nicknaming in......3......2........1

and the

"pretty much" in the 'everything is there for me" statement is a huge qualifier.

I hope he proves everybody right.

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namohcan_99 6 months, 1 week ago

Welcome to the Kansas family, Mr. Oubre! Rock Chalk!

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gorilla10 6 months, 1 week ago

Until we renovate memorial stadium. Every football recruit should visit during basketball season!!!!

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Bryce Landon 6 months, 1 week ago

Those of us who have been questioning Bill Self's recruiting in recent years - and I am one of those doubters - should shut our pieholes. Self is as capable a recruiter as ever. And it is great to steal another recruit away from Calamari and the Mildcats.

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Sally Presson 6 months, 1 week ago

Welcome to Kansas, Kelly, you'll never regret comint to the greatest school in the nation. As a die hard fan, we love all our Jayhawks and you will definately feel the love!! rock chalk!!!

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clevelandjayhawker 6 months, 1 week ago

How can you not sign after that seeing how we do Late Night?

Anyone else read King McClure's comments? Talking about how him and his dad were so amazed at the 5k people standing outside of the feildhouse when they drove up?

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Kevin Huffman 6 months, 1 week ago

In Oubre's quick announcement it makes me recall two things - 1) Selden's quick announcement after Late Night last year & 2) my own college choice - I was to visit both KU & K-State in the same weekend & we cancelled going to visit K-State! :) This from a St. Louisan so it's not like I was as familiar with the schools, areas, etc. like native Kansans are.

BTW, while Rivals has him 12th, ESPN's Top 100 for 2014 has him 10th.

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jayhawkinnc 6 months, 1 week ago

Sweet! Rock Chalk. Not sorry, Cal.

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Cameron Cederlind 6 months, 1 week ago

Another hat-less commit, the best kind.

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Kip_McSmithers 6 months, 1 week ago

Rock Chalk Kelly. Glad you're a Jayhawk!

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Hawk8086 6 months, 1 week ago

Awesome. Thanks to all of my fellow Jayhawks who are able to attend Late Night, make it such a special event, and demonstrate to recruits what a special program we have at KU.

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Phil Leister 6 months, 1 week ago

Also, how awesome is it having Late Night so early in the year, before the other schools have their respective Midnight Madness? I love that he didn't even visit UK.

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Phil Leister 6 months, 1 week ago

I think landing Wiggins will pay huge dividends in terms of getting 5 starts to commit to us. But does anyone else get a little worried that Bill will start filling up his teams of OADs? Don't get me wrong, I want the best players to play for KU. But that also means fewer Simiens, Sherrons, T-Robs, etc. I guess I'll trade 3 year players for banners.

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Ron Prichard 6 months, 1 week ago

Awesome!! This is a great first domino to the 2014 class. Welcome aboard, Mr. Oubre! Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!!!!!

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6 months, 1 week ago

We are blessed for you to be a part of our family, Kelly!

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BucknellJayhawk3 6 months, 1 week ago

Woohoo! Excited for 2014....and 2015.

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Michael Auchard 6 months, 1 week ago

Heck yeah! You made the right decision, Kell.

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shawhoop 6 months, 1 week ago

Sweet! I can sign up to create Internet games for $49.95 a month! Oh wait, that's not the big news?

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David Leathers 6 months, 1 week ago

Welcome to the family! Been waitin for a smooth lefty for a while now. Rock Chalk!

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madcow 6 months, 1 week ago

Oh, I thought this wasn't happening until 3. Great news,

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