Kansas' Oubre entering draft
Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Kelly Oubre Jr. will leave Kansas after just one season and declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, the university announced Wednesday.
Oubre, a likely lottery pick, finished second among Jayhawk players with 41 steals and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors while helping Kansas to an 11th straight conference regular-season title.
"It's always been a dream to play in the NBA," Oubre said in a statement. "This is an opportunity to play against the best in the world and expand my game in hopes of someday becoming one of those great players."
One of the nation's most sought-after recruits, Oubre had an uneven lone season at Kansas. The 6-foot-7 swingman played sparingly during much of the Jayhawks' non-conference schedule, but saw increased time later in the year and finished with averages of 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds over 36 games.
"I was blessed to go through the things that I went through and I was blessed to play for coach (Bill Self)," Oubre said. "He taught me a lot this year, the little things that will help out my game a lot."
Oubre is the third high-profile player to depart Kansas after one season in the past two years. Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid also left after their freshman campaigns and were taken first and third overall, respectively, in the 2014 NBA Draft.