By now, you know that Kelly Oubre chose Kansas over Kentucky yesterday. The 2014 small forward visited Kansas for their “Late Night in the Phog” festivities over the weekend and said that sealed the deal for him, telling the Lawrence Journal-World’s Gary Bedore that “nobody is bigger than the program” at Kansas:
“I was up there a couple days. I could see the brotherhood they have. I see how in coach (Bill) Self’s program, they are all for it. They treat everybody like there’s nothing bigger than the team, even the guys who are one-and-done. Nobody is bigger than the program,” Oubre Jr. said.
The subtle reference to Cal’s “players-first” mentality at UK was more evident in his father’s remarks about picking the Jayhawks over the Cats. Oubre Sr. says that there’s a chance his son may stay in school for more than one year, which he cites as a reason they’re going to Lawrence:
“That’s one of the reasons behind choosing Kansas. Coach Self doesn’t kick you out if you are not ready. I don’t care too much for it (one-and-done) because if you look at it over the last couple drafts, the success of the guys one-and-done is few and far between. Every once in a while you find guys who can make it through. I’m more concerned about his education after maybe a two-year stint or three-year stint. How close is he to that degree and having a greater business mind going into the next level, whatever that is?” added Oubre Sr. “I think the first year in college as well as the pros, maybe two, is a learning curve. That learning curve can be cut considerably if he stayed and developed in college.”
Umm…Doron Lamb? Terrence Jones? Alex Poythress? Willie Cauley-Stein? Each of those guys decided to come back for a sophomore year, and Cal welcomed them back with open arms. In fact, Cal has said that there have been players he thought weren’t ready for the league (Marquis Teague), but let it be their decision what to do with their futures, not his.
Sounds like Oubre Sr. has been reading too much Pat Forde and Pete Thamel.