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Thursday, May 14, 2015

NBA sizes up Alexander, Oubre

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr., left, and forward Cliff Alexander celebrate a three by teammate Wayne Selden Jr. during the second half on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr., left, and forward Cliff Alexander celebrate a three by teammate Wayne Selden Jr. during the second half on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Former Kansas University basketball players Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre Jr. were measured by NBA officials on Wednesday — the first day of this week’s Draft Combine in Chicago.

Oubre, who is projected to be selected No. 13 in the first round by Draftexpress.com and No. 11 by NBAdraft.net, measured 6-foot-6 3⁄4, 203 pounds in shoes. He was listed 6-7, 200 at KU.

Alexander, who is projected to be chosen No. 27 in the first round by Draftexpress.com and No. 5 in the second round by NBAdraft.net, checked in at 6-8 1⁄2, 239 in shoes. He was listed 6-8, 240 at KU.

Oubre in Chicago had a 7-2 1⁄4 wingspan and 8-6 1⁄2 reach, with 5.7 percent body fat. Alexander had a 7-3 1⁄2 wingspan and 9-1 1⁄2 reach, with 5.8 percent body fat. Oubre’s hand length was 9 inches and hand width 8 3⁄4 inches; Alexander’s hand length was 9.5 inches and width 10 1⁄4 inches.

Oubre at P3: Oubre has spent the last four weeks working out with several other NBA Draft hopefuls at Peak Performance Project in Santa Barbara, California.

“I’m working on agility things, becoming faster, becoming a more well-rounded athlete,” the New Orleans native told Draftexpress.com.

“Pretty much every day we work on different things, getting stronger, upper body, working on my core so that when I do certain moves I can drive my hips more. It’s helping me be a stronger player and more aggressive on my attack moves.”

Oubre works out three times a day.

“It’s not much different (from training at KU),” Oubre told Draftexpress.com. “Andrea Hudy (KU) is one of the best strength coaches in the country. She pretty much had us doing a lot of the mobility things we are doing at P3. It kind of translated a little bit. I can see some of the similarities that we did at Kansas here.

“I’m not taking days off and not taking short cuts, just focusing on my body, eating right, things like that. Those are things that will give me the edge, give me the step up on other athletes.”

Oubre, who averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his one season at KU, has high hopes for the June Draft.

“I want to go top-seven,” he said. “It’s definitely one of my goals. They have great players in this draft. No knock to anybody, but I feel I’m the hardest working guy in this draft because I have a chip on my shoulder. I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder. I know the importance of this draft, the importance of people saying where I’m going to go. I want to prove people wrong. I have a lot of confidence in myself. I’m going to show everybody what they said I couldn’t do. That’s definitely my main motivation.”

For the Oubre interview with Draftexpress.com go to http://ljw.bz/1EEAFxm

Learning: Oubre on Wednesday told NBA.com he learned a lot in his one season at KU, one in which he played single-digit minutes in five of the first seven games, becoming a permanent starter in the 10th game.

“When I was sitting on the bench at Kansas it was pretty much opening up my eyes (to see) the world doesn’t revolve around myself,” he told NBA.com. “I have to abide by a team’s process, and pretty much I did so. I just believe I can compete at the highest level. My determination and my drive and my work ethic is second to none. I believe I can make a heavy impact at the next level.”

Alexander looking good: ESPN’s Chad Ford watched Alexander participate in drills with Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker, Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter, Arkansas’ Bobby Portis, Wyoming’s Larry Nance Jr., Texas’ Jonathan Holmes and Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos on Tuesday at University of Illinois-Chicago.

“We haven’t seen Alexander play since Feb. 23. Kansas sat him down after the NCAA began investigating his family for receiving improper benefits. The damage was twofold. Not only did we not get to see Alexander play down the home stretch just as he was beginning to improve, but the investigation forced him into the draft before it was ideal. Now teams are scrambling to figure out where he should go,” Ford wrote.

“Everyone knows he has a NBA body, crazy long arms and tries to dunk everything. His length and motor are probably his two best characteristics. But after that, what sort of basketball player is he? What else does he bring to the table?

“One thing I saw in workouts here that I didn’t see much of at Kansas was a nice 10- to 15-foot jump shot Alexander was consistently knocking down in drills. He rarely shot it from there at Kansas and the assumption was he didn’t have that sort of range. But it was clear from the workouts he’s comfortable with that jump shot. He’s in no way a stretch four, but there’s more there than meets the eye.”

Washington on radar: Kyle Washington, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound sophomore forward from North Carolina State, has KU on his list of possible transfer destinations, Rivals.com reports. Washington, a native of Champlin, Minnesota, is also considering Iowa State, West Virginia, Marquette, Arizona State, Butler, Cincinnati, Iowa, Providence and Xavier. He was ranked No. 93 nationally in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.com.

Comments

Rodney Crain 3 years, 10 months ago

Wishing both KO and Cliff well at the combine and the draft!

Great to see KO give a shout out to Hudy.

Keith Gellar 3 years, 10 months ago

KO will do well for sure. he was a stud.

Given how Hudy's conditioning program is top tier- wondering why KO looked gassed in WSU game? was the schedule just too much?

Eliott Reeder 3 years, 10 months ago

Sometimes I wonder if she over-works some of these kids... there are a lot of times we see recruiting highlight vids and the athleticism of these guys really jumps out and then when they get here they are coming up short on dunks, getting stress fractures in their feet, and other signs of wear and tear that seems a little too much for players this young. And then they get to the L and get their bounce back over 82 games (some of them)... however, it may be a chicken/egg type scenario, where their lift returning is actually due to the hard work they put in with Hudy here, and not the lack thereof upon leaving. Who knows...

Michael Bennett 3 years, 10 months ago

I've wondered the same thing, especially last summer when I think both Cliff and Oubre (might've been another player) both had ankle sprains soon after workouts started. Embiid and Selden also experienced issues after starting her workouts, among other players. Who knows for sure. I wonder if she needs to take it easier on some of the younger players who aren't really done growing yet.

Keith Gellar 3 years, 10 months ago

“One thing I saw in workouts here that I didn’t see much of at Kansas was a nice 10- to 15-foot jump shot Alexander was consistently knocking down in drills. He rarely shot it from there at Kansas and the assumption was he didn’t have that sort of range. But it was clear from the workouts he’s comfortable with that jump shot."

Did Self completely miss this or did Self just try to mold him into more of an under the rim scorer? seems to me like his perimeter shot could have been very handy..kept him out of foul trouble as well

Eliott Reeder 3 years, 10 months ago

Self is stubborn. He rarely trusts a Freshman big to shoot lots of jumpers...

Michael Bennett 3 years, 10 months ago

I agree with them, Self usually restricts post players (especially the 5) to the area around the basket. That's why it took so long for Withey to finally shoot a three, after which Self admitted that he had more range than he was allowed to show in games. We don't exactly allow Kaminsky-type playing here, do we

Curtis Stutz 3 years, 10 months ago

Cliff never played a ton of minutes period, but when he did obviously KU needed scoring around the rim. When you've got Perry Ellis at 4 it's pretty obvious who you want shooting out of the Hi-Lo post setup, it isn't Cliff, Landen or Jamari. His job as a freshman was definitely meant to be finishing strong at the hoop and it took a little while for him to start catching the ball so he could make that happen. Glad he's showing a jumper, but I never saw it in the McD AA game or at KU, maybe he got a lot of shooting practice in once he was held out of games. On the other hand had somebody like Padgett actually come to KU he would have taken a lot of jumpers early most likely. Arthur didn't waste much time showing off the J, neither did the Morrisi. I don't think Self cares what class you are in, if it's open and you have proven you can hit it in practice, he's more likely to yell at guys to shoot it rather than yell at them for pulling the trigger.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 10 months ago

Cliff was the only player who could score with his back to the basket last seas so Self wanted him playing around the basket more. Had low post scoring not been an issue last year, Cliff probably would've been allowed to play a little further out from the basket.

Joseph Bullock 3 years, 10 months ago

Rodney, it was also Great to see KO say he learned a lot from sitting in the bench at Kansas. Him saying that it basically let him know the world doesn't revolve around him, and that in the team game, there is a process, gives justification on why he was not starting (and shows that all those critics didn't know what they were talking about-as usual). That ultimately helped him focus, and improve, and it is still helping him now, or he would not have mentioned it! Rock Chalk KO Hawk!

Armen Kurdian 3 years, 10 months ago

So, Kelly is shrinking and Cliff is growing....wonder what they're feeding them nowadays.

Jay Scott 3 years, 10 months ago

Kelly is a 1/4 inch shorter, but heavier. Cliff is a lb lighter but 1/2 inch taller. I'd say they're about where KU pegged them.

Humpy Helsel 3 years, 10 months ago

Kelly's comments once again prove the old coaching adage, "the fastest way to a player's mind is through his butt."

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