Kansas freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. is heading to the NBA Draft after his lone season in Lawrence ended in disappointment:
KU's Kelly Oubre: “I’m leaving the University of Kansas for the upcoming NBA Draft,”
— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) April 1, 2015
Oubre came to Kansas with a lot of hype, but he didn’t play much at the beginning of the season and didn’t score in double figures in any of his first nine games. When his playing time went up, he showed flashes of his potential, although there were still some games where he’d completely disappear.
Oubre scored a season-high 25 points in a Big 12 Tournament win over TCU, but then he proceeded to score just 29 points combined in the Jayhawks’ final four games, including just nine points in their loss to Wichita State in the Round of 32. The freshman finished the year with averages of 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds, and he shot 44.4 percent overall and 35.8 percent from three.
While Oubre was somewhat of a disappointment at KU, he has major upside in the NBA. He has good size at 6’7 with a 7’2 wingspan, and he has a smooth jumper. He’s still far from a finished product, but he could be a force in a few years.
DraftExpress currently has Oubre at No. 13 in their mock draft, which is at the tail end of the lottery.