Kansas wing Kelly Oubre will enter the NBA Draft.
In a video released by the Kansas athletic department, Oubre announced his decision to move forward into the NBA and thanked the university and its fans for the support.
This isn’t particularly a surprise, given that Oubre was considered a one-and-done coming into college and a potential top-five pick. Currently, I have Oubre at No. 10 on my big board, and it would be a shock if he escaped the lottery.
The early part of Oubre’s season didn’t exactly go to plan, as he couldn’t escape the bench for the first month of the season. He only played 48 minutes in the first seven games of the Jayhawks’ season. But later on, Oubre found his stride and became an integral part of Big 12 champion Kansas.
He’s still fairly inconsistent and doesn’t quite have the impact on games that you would love to see, but his athleticism and toolset is absolutely undeniable. He’s a 6-foot-7 wing with a 7-foot-2 wingspan and incredible athleticism. From an athleticism and frame standpoint, he’s the perfect small-forward prototype for today’s NBA.
However, he still has some work to do. Particularly, he could stand to work on his jump shot consistency as well as his ball-handling ability, particularly to his right side. But his first step is awesome, he gets out in transition well, and his vertical explosion is really good. Basically, Oubre is a blank canvas for NBA coaches to mold into whatever they want him to become. There are a lot of different potential outcomes here. Maybe he becomes a terrific 3-and-D player (he made 36 percent of his catch-and-shoot shots this year, which is solid). Maybe he becomes a slashing terror. Maybe he’ll do it all and become a star.
There are a lot of potential outcomes here, but given how hard he worked throughout the season to earn his way into Kansas coach Bill Self’s rotation, it’s hard to see a circumstance where he doesn’t at least become a useful NBA player within the next three or so years. It might take a bit of time, but Oubre profiles very well on the next level.