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Definitely not the start to the season I was expecting.
 

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Definitely not the start to the season I was expecting.
I thought Self was going to bring him along slowly because of his shot selection and there being decent alternatives(Svi & Greene) but I never imagined him playing less than 10 MPG, and in those few minutes you seeing why he's not playing much.
 

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Elite frosh Oubre, Pinson invisible so far

No elite recruit over the past decade has struggled to get minutes (and produce) out of the gates as much as Kansas freshman Kelly Oubre. However, he has company in fellow frosh Theo Pinson of North Carolina, who was ranked 10th in the freshman class (Oubre was 11th, but he moves up to 10th since Emmanuel Mudiay went to China).

Oubre has scored just 13 points in his first six games at Kansas and has been on the court for a total of 50 minutes thus far. Pinson has scored 16 points, but has been on the court for 94 minutes.

Here are the fewest minutes and points, along with the most minutes and points for a Top 10 recruit through his first six games. It includes the past nine seasons since the Class of 2005 was allowed to go to the NBA out of high school.

FEWEST MINUTES THROUGH FIRST SIX COLLEGE GAMES, TOP 10 RECRUITS (SINCE 2005)

1. Kelly Oubre, Kansas -- 50
2. John Henson, North Carolina -- 62
3. Tyler Zeller, North Carolina -- 72* (broke his wrist after second game)
4. Dakari Johnson, Kentucky -- 73
5. Mason Plumlee, Duke -- 81 (missed the first six games of season with a broken wrist)
6. Nolan Smith, Duke -- 92
7. Theo Pinson, North Carolina -- 94
8. Jordan Hamilton, Texas -- 99
9. Grant Jerrett, Arizona -- 99
10. James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina -- 101

FEWEST POINTS THROUGH FIRST SIX COLLEGE GAMES, TOP 10 RECRUITS (SINCE 2005)

1. Kelly Oubre, Kansas -- 13
2. Theo Pinson, North Carolina -- 16
3. John Henson, North Carolina -- 18
4. Dakari Johnson, Kentucky -- 30
5. Cameron Ridley, Texas -- 30
6. Nolan Smith, Duke -- 31
7. Mason Plumlee, Duke -- 32
8. Tyler Zeller, North Carolina -- 32*
9. Grant Jerrett, Arizona -- 33
10. Kyle Anderson, UCLA -- 34
http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/jeff-goodman/

Kelly Oubre, 6-7, Fr. SG, Kansas

2.2 ppg, 1.7 prg

Draft Express Projection: No. 5 – 2015

NBA Scout: “He’s an enigma. He cannot get on the floor for any meaningful minutes. Not a Top 5 guy, but should not fall out of the lottery.”
http://zagsblog.com/articles/nba-scouts-talk-tyler-ulis-chris-mccullough-kelly-oubre-rysheed-jordan-jonathan-holmes-adam-white/

Oubre is just a mess right now. He wowed scouts in camps this summer. Based on his profile of size, elite athleticism and skill -- he projected as a top five pick in the draft. But he's struggled to get on the floor for Kansas and when he does get minutes, he looks absolutely lost -- especially on the defensive end. You can criticize Bill Self for not letting Oubre figure it out, but he's been so bad and the Jayhawks aren't necessarily a dominant team, that you understand why he doesn't get the minutes. If Oubre figures it out, he'll fly right back up the draft board and be in the mix for a spot somewhere between Nos. 5 and 10. The talent in undeniable. But it's looking more and more like he might take longer than expected to show off that potential.
-Chad Ford
 

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Stock Report: ↓

Kelly Oubre, a consensus top-10 recruit coming in, hasn't quite earned the trust yet of coach Bill Self, who's played him a total of 47 minutes through six games.

And the short leash has seemed to affect his confidence. Oubre, who was an aggressive scorer in high school, has looked passive in the limited time he's been given.

He's also looked overwhelmed at times on defense, most notably in Kansas' opener against Kentucky.

Oubre's slow start doesn't just erase the upside tied to his athleticism and shooting stroke, but it's not pushing him up any boards either—especially with other wings like Arizona's Stanley Johnson and Duke's Justise Winslow both wowing early on.
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Oubre Starting to Come Around

Now let's get back to Oubre...

He's the one who sparked this conversation, and his slow start has been a big topic of conversation in the sport. The light is just starting to glimmer for the Kansas freshman, although he's not exactly looking like a pro just yet.

After playing single-digit minutes in five of KU's first seven games, Oubre scored seven points in 16 minutes last Wednesday in a win at Georgetown and scored nine points in 17 minutes in the victory over Utah on Saturday.

Self even went as far as to say Oubre was one of KU's best two players on the floor against Utah. He made only two of five shots, but his defense was promising—he did as good a job as any Jayhawk on Utah star Delon Wright—and he looked more comfortable than he has all season.

"(He) never played guard," Self said. "(We're) asking him to do some things that he's never really done. ... I'm proud of Kelly, and he's hung in there. He's going to be really good. You can see it. It just hasn't quite gotten there yet. I think these last two games have done wonders for his confidence."

This is an example of the right way for a freshman to handle a slow start. Take your medicine, learn and improve.

The difficult transition makes sense when you step back and look at the big picture, but it has still been surprising to anyone who saw Oubre play before he got to Kansas. No one, and you can include NBA scouts in that group, anticipated that it would be a struggle for Oubre to get consistent minutes.

"Really, it's just kind of confusion," the scout said. "You're trying to figure out why are we seeing what we're seeing. Here's a guy who was able to do several different things when he didn't have to worry about a system, and he was just going up and down and playing and not thinking, and he was good.

"Maybe it's basketball IQ. Maybe he's struggling to handle some concepts as a freshman. That's not necessarily unusual. Maybe it's him learning to get adjusted to playing with teammates of equal caliber to himself."

The good news for Oubre is there's no rule against coming back for a sophomore year. At this point, it looks like that would be in his best interest, and there is no shame in being a two-and-done lottery pick.
 

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Trustworthy: Freshman Oubre delivers after Self keeps him on floor

It’s common for a college basketball starter to be banished to the bench after picking up his second foul of the first half.

Freshman wing Kelly Oubre Jr. was given no such hook by Kansas University coach Bill Self after committing foul No. 2 just two minutes, five seconds into Tuesday’s KU-Kent State game.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pounder from New Orleans responded with 16 first-half points (in 18 minutes) and 20 points and seven rebounds overall (in 31 minutes) in the Jayhawks’ 78-62 victory over the Golden Flashes in Allen Fieldhouse.
Self said that Oubre has “solidified himself” as starting wing over Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Brannen Greene, who each had two points.

“What we have to do is get one of those two playing well off the bench,” Self said. “If we get Devonté (Graham, injured point guard) back, that can change things. It’s Kelly’s spot. That doesn’t mean Svi or Brannen can’t crack the lineup. Right now I’d say Kelly has been our best wing player and most consistent.
 

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Kelly Oubre is playing like the player everyone thought he'd be at Kansas

Often it takes time to transition from high school to college basketball. Bob Knight once told me a few years ago that just because a player was great at the prep level doesn't mean he's ready to contribute at the collegiate level. The 6-foot-7 Kelly Oubre was one of the more highly sought after college prospects in high school and played unbelievably well in the so-called all-star games last spring. But what people fail to understand is that all of that had no bearing on whether or not he was going to be able to help Kansas win games this season. Oubre needed to be coached. He needed Bill Self to be on him every day for not blocking out and not going as hard as he could on each and every possession. What are the results? Oubre is averaging 17.3 points and 8.0 rebounds over his last three games all while shooting an impressive 8-for-15 from long distance during that span. Self said a few days ago that the Jayhawks' starting small forward spot was officially Oubre's and in essence we knew eventually it would be.
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About time. Things were starting to look pretty sketchy for this kid. He'll be back in the lotto if he can keep it up.
 

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