Thursday, April 3, 2014

KU-bound Oubre hits late FTs in McDonald’s game



Associated Press

McDonald’s West All-American Kelly Oubre, left, blocks the shot of McDonald’s East All-American James Blackmon Jr. during the first half of the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday in Chicago. Oubre is a Kansas University signee. Blackmon is headed to Indiana.


Associated Press

McDonald’s West All-American Jahlil Okafor, left, fouls McDonald’s East All-American Cliff Alexander during the second half of the West’s 105-102 victory Wednesday in Chicago.

Kelly Oubre McDonald's All American practice

Kansas University signee Kelly Oubre, Jr., a 6-foot-7 wing from Richmond, Texas, goes through drills in the days leading up to the McDonald'a All American game. (Video courtesy of McDonald's)

Cliff Alexander McDonald's All American practice

Kansas University signee Cliff Alexander, a 6-foot-9 post player from Curie Metro High, in Chicago, goes through drills in the days leading up to the McDonald'a All American game. (Video courtesy of McDonald's)

— Kansas University basketball signee Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds as his West high school all-star team edged the East, 105-102, in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday night in the United Center.

Oubre, a 6-foot-7 wing from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., hit two free throws with 19.1 seconds left to boost a 103-102 lead to the final margin. Game co-MVP/Duke signee Jahlil Okafor had dunked with 41 seconds left to erase a 102-101 deficit. The East’s James Blackmon Jr., who is headed to Indiana University, missed a three-pointer with 2.9 seconds left that would have tied the game.

Oubre,’s No. 12-rated player nationally, hit three of 13 shots, went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line and also had two blocks, two steals, one assist and no turnovers in 18 minutes. He was 0-for-5 from three.

KU signee Cliff Alexander, who played with his right wrist taped, scored nine points off 4-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. He also had an assist and a block in 25 minutes. He’s the player who fouled Oubre with just under 20 seconds to play. Alexander, 6-8 from Chicago’s Curie High who is ranked No. 4 nationally by, bruised his wrist during Monday’s slam dunk competition.

Okafor, 6-10 from Chicago’s Whitney Young High, scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Also for the West, future SMU point guard Emmanuel Mudiay added 15 points and six assists, and future UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn 14 points and five rebounds. For the East, North Carolina signee Justin Jackson went for 23 points off 11-of-14 shooting with five rebounds and shared MVP honors witih Okafor. Duke’s Tyus Jones added seven points and nine assists.

No. 6-ranked Myles Turner, 6-11 from Trinity High in Euless, Texas, scored seven points off 2-of-3 shooting (2-of-3 from the line) for the East. He hit a three-point shot and had seven rebounds in 21 minutes.

Turner, who is considering KU, Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU and others, said during the game he would make his college choice shortly after the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game on April 18 in New York.

“After the Jordan Brand Classic, I’m going to sit down with my family and do my best to set a date to commit,” he said.

Of Turner’s decision, KU signee Oubre told USA Today: “God is gonna lead him to the right college. I’ve never been the one to try and persuade. Like when Jahlil (Okafor) and Tyus (Jones) had their heavily-anticipated announcement (to Duke) I just told them to make the right choice for them. If Myles feels Kansas is where he wants to elevate his game then I’ll happily welcome him to the family. At the end of the day it’s about him and his family not any of us.”

West 105, East 102

EAST (102)

Alexander 4-11 1-3 9, Jackson 11-14 0-0 23, Turner 2-3 2-3 7, Jones 3-5 0-0 7, Russell 5-10 0-0 11, Pinson 1-5 1-2 3, Whitehead 2-5 2-2 6, Trimble 0-5 2-2 2, Winslow 4-6 1-4 9, Blackmon 5-11 2-2 13, Towns 3-6 0-0 6, Looney 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 43-89 11-18 102.

WEST (105)

Lyles 3-7 2-2 8, Okafor 8-15 1-2 17, Mudiay 6-15 3-4 15, Allen 2-6 0-0 4, Johnson 4-10 0-0 8, Berry II 3-6 0-0 7, Oubre 3-13 5-5 11, Booker 3-8 0-0 8, Vaughn 5-11 2-2 14, Travis 4-8 0-0 8, Ulis 2-5 0-0 5, Welsh 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-104 13-15 105.

Halftime-East 51-50. 3-Point goals-East 5-19 (Turner 1-1, Jones 1-1, Jackson 1-2, Russell 1-2, Blakcmon 1-4, Whitehead 0-1, Winslow 0-1, Towns 0-1, Looney 0-1, Pinson 0-2, Trimble 0-3), West 6-28 (Booker 2-3, Vaughn 2-5, Berry II 1-2, Ulis 1-2, Lyles 0-1, Allen 0-2, Travis 0-2, Mudiay 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-East 57 (Alexander, Looney 11), West 53 (Lyles 8). Assists-East 23 (Jones 10), West 22 (Mudiay 6). Total fouls-East 10, West 15. A-17,116.


Beau Woolsey 6 years, 5 months ago

Kelly looked great defensively, his three wasn't there but he looked better at finishing at the rim then any player we had this year. Cliff looks like a great defensive post player and a terrific rebounder he can work with room and it looked like he knew when to pass out of the post well too. Myles looked like a guy who can shut anyone down in the post. Withey and Joel stopped guards from scoring, Myles will shut down big men

Brian Leiker 6 years, 5 months ago

They'll fit right in with the current brick layers

David Gisi 6 years, 5 months ago

Cliff had his right wrist wrapped pretty good and i would guess it was still sore. I will give him a pass. As for Oubre, he wasn't billed as a great outside shooter. Hopefully he continues to get better. He was impressive in other ways, showed that he will have the ability to affect the game even on a bad shooting night. And he did finish well at the rim. Turner seemed to be begging for the challenge of going against Okafor, and clearly bothered Okafor when they were matched up. A very good group. Hopefully Turner becomes part of it, but if not, Cliff seems capable of playing big. And Oubre was more than willing to battle in the paint for rebounds and blocks. At one point, he appeared irritated battling Cliff and Myles for a rebound. He didn't back down from anyone. Was very impressed with him, despite the shooting.

Michael Maris 6 years, 5 months ago

If Myles Turner commits and signs an LOI with the Jayhawks. Then, Self will truly have a High / Low combination. With Turner's ability to shoot the 3's. He will really spread the opposing defense out. Allowing more room for everyone to drive / penetrate the lane, etc......... I'm hoping that M. Turner chooses the Jayhawks to have his collegiate experience. Course, that's based on the fact that Jo Jo's not coming back. Jo Jo's has delayed his announcement (which is unusual these days for NBA bound collegiate players). Rock Chalk!

Robert Brock 6 years, 5 months ago

I can't imagine Self playing a 7-footer a la Dirk Nowitsky.

Christopher Giordano 6 years, 5 months ago

Turner was the least athletic player out there yesterday. He fouled Okafor every time he guarded him. The refs swallowed their whistle for obvious reasons in this game. Turner will be great somewhere else. The Jayhawks have plenty of talent inside next year, even if Embiid leaves. What the Jayhawks need is a PG that is has a killer instinct and can guard.

Joe Baker 6 years, 5 months ago

We have pgs if they would just play. I've written Tharpe off until further notice, but right now, not my fav to do much more. I think Tharpe has either hit his ceiling or rock bottom. My focus now is on Frank Mason. He's got to develop and take this team as his own. Forget Tharpe and don't wait on him to lead. It's there for the taking and Tharpe is hesitating. Mason is a true recruited pg and is the KU pg going forward if he will step up, unlike his junior teammate. I think Mason is Collins 2.0.

Mark Lindrud 6 years, 5 months ago

Right now I can't see Mason as Collins 2.0 because he can't shoot to save his life. His mentality at the moment is to drive into traffic and hope he can make a layup. He needs to improve his shot and be more of a play making PG. Considering that Connor was taking some of his minutes away at the end of the season including Tharpe's, it is possible that the starting PG spot is up for grabs.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 5 months ago

Name a PG with those traits that is currently available?

Lance Cheney 6 years, 5 months ago

That doesn't matter. It's what we need right now, so we should start wishing for one of these PGs to appear, rather than wasting our time recruiting good players that are actually available.

Luca Rossi 6 years, 5 months ago

I think all three looked great from a talent standpoint. Some defensive drills and conditioning would do them all well. Excited to see Oubre and Alexander in KU uniforms next year and hopeful that Turner also joins what looks to be a stellar team next year.

Rock Chalk!

Lance Cheney 6 years, 5 months ago

So basically, all we know is what we already knew. He's seriously considering returning, but he's also seriously considering leaving...

Alex Resnik 6 years, 5 months ago

in that picture on the left of Okafor... it looks like he pooped his pants... with brown everywhere

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