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August 14, 2013

Oubre is Taking it As it Goes

By: Pat Lawless

GiveNGoBasketball.com Publisher

Kelly Oubre, class of 2014 shooting guard of Findlay Prep (NV), currently has eight schools on his list and all of them are high major programs. GNGB got the chance to see him play at the Big Strick Classic where he won the MVP of the NYC Vs. USA game. He talked to GiveNGoBasketball.com this past Friday about his game, recruitment, and much more.


He was grateful that he got the chance to play in the Big Strick Classic.


"It’s a great experience to play here with all these talented guys going at it," he said. "I can learn a lot from them and they can learn some things from me. We are going to head to head just showing our talents."


It was his second time in New York City and he told GNGB that he enjoys being there once again.


"It’s a great city," he said. "It’s very big like Texas and when you come here everyone has their own individual style so it’s good to learn from these people here."


He described his game for those who haven't seen him play yet.


"My game is pretty much more like a cutter or a slasher," he told GNGB. "I like to get to the basket and when I play defense I like to get buckets. I like to generate my offense through my defense and get some dunks, finish in the lane, and shoot from outside."


He also went through the strengths of his game and the thing in his game that he looks to improve on.


"My strengths are shooting threes and mid-range jumpers," said Oubre. "Something that I am looking to improve on before I get to college is my ball handling so I can run an offense more effectively and do whatever my coach asks of me."


He played for the very talented team in Houston Hoops this past AAU season. He liked playing with such talented players.


"This year we had a lot of talented guys with me Justin Jackson, and Justise Winslow,"said the class of 2014 standout. "We always went at it at practice so you had to bring it every day. We really made each other better and I loved my team this year."


He recently decided to transfer to Findlay Prep. He told GNGB why he decided to do so.


"Well JYD just got the job over at Findlay Prep and he has been in contact with us for a while,"Oubre said. "He is my Dad’s close friend so I think transferring is necessary. I want to win a national championship and go out with a bang my senior season."


He also is excited to play under the name Findlay Prep Head Coach, Jerome Williams.


"It’s is going to be great," he told GNGB. "He has a lot of experience in college and in the NBA so learning under him is going to be great. He is going to push me each and every day to be the best I can be because he has been there and done that."


Oubre recently cut his list of schools to eight. Those schools are UConn, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon, and Arizona. He told me that all schools have offered him that are on his list. He described the overall recruiting process.


"It’s been a long process but, it’s been great," he said. "All of the coaches that have recruited me have shown a lot of love. It’s pretty much a humbling experience and I think that I can learn a lot from the schools that have recruited me so, I like the process so far."


He plans on cutting his list of schools down once again.


"I’m going to cut it down again," said Oubre. "I think I will cut it down to five before the season starts. I’m going to cut it to five so I can set up my visits."


No schools really stand out to him at this point but, he knows what schools will remain on his list when he cuts it down again.


"At this point not really," he said. "I did set my official visit to Kansas on October 4th and I will be visiting Kentucky shortly after. After that it is fair game and when I cut my list down I will see where the rest of those three are going to fit in."


When it comes to official visits he is going to take it as it goes.


"I am going to take it as it goes," the Findlay Prep bound shooting guard said. "I will play the process out the best way I can to make the best decision for me and my family to develop me to get me where I want to be and that is the pros."


Coaching has a lot to do with what he will base his decision off of.


"I will base it off of the longevity of the coach," said Oubre. "If the coach is going to push me to be the best that I can be and the playing style of the program."


He doesn't know when he will make his decision.


"I don’t right now," he told GNGB. "I will let everyone know when I know. I am going to play this process out the best way I can to make the best decision for me."


He also told GiveNGoBasketball.com something that some people might not know about him.


"I am weird," he said. "As you can tell by my hair I don’t like to be like everyone else. I like to be different. I like to set my own trends and be my own person."


Kelly Oubre is the type of player that will make a huge impact on the next level right away. He is a player that everyone should keep on their radar for years to come.

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