Kansas Jayhawks guard Kelly Oubre Jr. informed head coach Bill Self that he full intends on entering the 2015 NBA Draft. Oubre Jr., who averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, entered college as one of premier recruits in all of basketball and lived up to those expectations being named All-Big 12 honorable mention.
“It’s always been a dream to play in the NBA. This is an opportunity to play against the best in the world and expand my game in hopes of someday becoming one of those great players,” Oubre said in a statement. “It’s been a great year. I’ve been blessed to be here at the University of Kansas.
“I was blessed to go through the things that I went through and I was blessed to play for coach (Bill Self). He taught me a lot this year, the little things that will help out my game a lot.”
Oubre Jr. is expected to be selected within the first 15 picks in June primarily in part to his excellent size (6-foot-7, 220 lbs.) and ability to play both ends of the floor. Not only can Oubre score, but he’s able to use his length to alter some of the premier shooters in the country. This is ever important for a guard dominant league and Oubre will undoubtedly be a top selection when the NBA Draft opens.
“This should come as really no surprise to anybody that has followed us,” Self said in a statement. “Kelly came in being well thought of by NBA personnel and certainly, nothing has changed in that regard. In the time he was here he’s been a great ambassador, a great teammate and, obviously, a very talented player.”
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