Thursday, June 25, 2015

Washington takes Kelly Oubre Jr. 15th overall in NBA Draft

Cliff Alexander goes undrafted

Kelly Oubre Jr., right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 15th overall by the Atlanta Hawks during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Kelly Oubre Jr., right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 15th overall by the Atlanta Hawks during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Kelly Oubre Jr.’s one season at Kansas University made him a top-15 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

The Atlanta Hawks selected the 6-foot-7 small forward with the 15th overall pick Thursday night, in Brooklyn, New York.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Hawks will trade him to Washington.

Oubre averaged 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 20.9 minutes a game for the Jayhawks in the 2014-15 season. Scouts mostly love his 7-2 wingspan and, of course, potential to become a more dynamic player as the 203-pound 19-year-old grows and adds to his game.

None by Adrian Wojnarowski


From left, NBA draft prospects Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl-Anthony Towns and Kelly Oubre Jr. talk during a photo op before the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Once NBA commissioner Adam Silver called Oubre’s name, he became the 13th first-round pick out of KU to play for coach Bill Self, who arrived following the 2002-03 season.

Since 2010, at least one Jayhawk has been taken in the first round of the draft every year.

Alexander not drafted: Oubre’s KU teammate Cliff Alexander didn’t turn out to be the lottery pick many projected out of high school. He didn’t even hear his name called in the 60-pick, two-round draft after leaving early.

Alexander’s stock fell throughout his one season at Kansas, where he averaged 7.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 17.6 minutes a game, and missed the last month of the Jayhawks’ season due to an NCAA investigation into his eligibility.

— Check back in later at for much more on Kelly Oubre Jr., Cliff Alexander and the draft.


2015 — Kelly Oubre Jr. (No. 15, Atlanta)

2014 — Andrew Wiggins (No. 1, Minnesota); Joel Embiid (No. 3, Philadelphia)

2013 — Ben McLemore (No. 7, Sacramento)

2012 — Thomas Robinson (No. 5, Sacramento)

2011 — Markieff Morris (No. 13, Phoenix); Marcus Morris (No. 14, Houston)

2010 — Cole Aldrich (No. 11, New Orleans)

2008 — Brandon Rush (13th, Portland); Darrell Arthur (27th, New Orleans)

2007 — Julian Wright (13th, New Orleans)

2005 — Wayne Simien (29th, Miami)


2013 — Jeff Withey (39th, Portland)

2012 — Tyshawn Taylor (41st, Portland)

2011 — Josh Selby (49th, Memphis)

2008 — Mario Chalmers (34th, Minnesota); Darnell Jackson (52nd, Miami); Sasha Kaun (56th, Oklahoma City)

(Draft info from — Players listed with team that drafted them; some got traded after being picked)


Phil Leister 7 years, 1 month ago

I've never heard a guy tell people to such an extent how great of a player he is going to be. Kelly's been doing a lot of talking up to this point. Hope he can back it up. His post-pick interview on ESPN was..interesting.

RJ King 7 years, 1 month ago

Slightly off-topic, but glad to see that B-Rush just picked up his option for next year with the Warriors.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 1 month ago

Going to a young playoff team. With Wall, and Beal this could be an interesting team to keep an eye on.

Brian Wilson 7 years, 1 month ago

Tonight Mrs Alexander probably feels like she has thrown her son off a cliff.

Mike Riches 7 years, 1 month ago

Yep. It's sad we'll never know what could have been if Cliff had played multiple years under Self. He showed flashes this past year, but personally I thought he was headed for a monster sophomore year. Now I hope his family can just pay off their loan...

RJ King 7 years, 1 month ago

It's sad, but I think Cliff can always learn to speak Turkish or Bulgarian. Hopefully he didn't spespend any of the loan money on a suit fit for headlining at Vegas. Like Kelly.

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 1 month ago

No surprises about the draft with regards to the players I know about. Congratulations to Bill Self for his great record mentoring young men into adulthood.

I was particularly curious and pleased about Sam Dekker going 18th in the first round. Ellis compares very well to Dekker but has superior footwork. We are all going to be hanging on Ellis' performance from the first game. It feels strange to think of the upcoming season as a "bounce back" after two "down" season, especially when those two "down" years resulted in two Big 12 titles, number 1 and 2 seeds, 3 high-middle draft picks, and an undefeated home record last season, The team has to know winning number XII will be a lot of hard work and determined play. It has to be earned and nothing will be given .... ask ....

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 1 month ago

Dekker is the better outside shooter in my opinion and has been playing the 3 longer. I like Ellis, but I'm not sure if his game translates to the NBA. This season he really needs to show his skills from the outside because he won't make it as a power forward. This year the expectations of this team are higher. There's lots of talk of us being a final four contender. For our guys who are thinking about the NBA in a year, here's their chance to really give scouts reasons to draft them.

Yolanda Gay 7 years, 1 month ago

I posted this in another story; but I'll post it here. Okay, what's the diffrence between being a lottery pick and being selected in the first round? It it just the money?

Greg Ledom 7 years, 1 month ago

It's all about the money Yo, but in this case, it's all about guaranteed money that you can literally take to the bank.

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