Before he has even logged a minute for Kansas, the Jayhawks have replaced Andrew Wiggins for 2014. Since the yong phenom is expected to head for the NBA following his freshman season, Kansas knew they would need a shooting guard to come in and take his spot. Now they have their man in Kelly Oubre.
A top 10 recruit in the class of 2014, Oubre surprised everybody on October 8th by announcing that he was committing to Kansas. The commitment itself wasn’t out of left field but Oubre still had a visit to Kentucky to make on October 18th. The swingman chose to cancel that visit and immediately commit to Kansas, dealing a blow to the Wildcats.
According to reports, Oubre fell in love with Kansas and its campus when he visited it for their “Late Night in the Fog” event. When he was introduced to the crowd, he received a standing ovation. That was enough to impress the young Oubre who will become the new star for the Jayhawks following the 2013-14 season.
With Oubre’s commitment, Kansas has now gotten its first commit from the 2014 recruiting class. After acquiring an incredibly solid class in 2013, the Jayhawks will be looking to do much of the same for this year. They are still in the running for big name players like Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner, Tyus Jones and Cliff Alexander. The addition of even one of those players with Oubre would already give Kansas one of the top classes of 2014.