Column: Kelly Oubre turned some heads at the Peach Jam


Coach Pastner, Memphis Tigers head coach, was simply on a recruiting trail during his time at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Peach Jam. He finally had time to seriously focus on potential prospects for the class of 2014 and 2015. I don’t know if he had a chance to see Kelly Oubre. If he did then, he should have been very impressed. Oubre simply put on a show and made other coaches besides Pastner take notice of his talents.

On Thursday of last week, Oubre had his best game at the Peach Jam. He finished the game with 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists to help his team defeat the Jackson Tigers by the final score of 80-67. Oubre played for the Houston Hoops during the tournament.

With his size at 6-5, 200-pounds, he is quick on his feet and can play multiple positions. He is the kind of player who loves to get out in the open floor and run a defense crazy. He fits Pastner’s run-and-gun style of play. Since he doesn’t play the power forward or center position, Memphis would not be a bad option for him to consider. After next season Memphis will be losing key players, especially at the guard position.

I think Pastner should go after Oubre and offer him an scholarship. It wouldn’t hurt Memphis at all. I understand if there was a lot of talent, but Oubre is one of those guys that can lead a team to big victories. He is not afraid of taking over a game or pushing his teammates harder to play better.

Oubre currently has offers from Alabama, Arizona, UConn, Kansas, LSU, Ohio St., and UCLA. According to Rivals.com, Oubre is ranked No. 19 in the country.

It will be interesting to see if Pastner will go after Oubre. If he doesn’t then, any other Division 1 school will be getting a versatile guard who has a proficient jump shot from the outside and can get to the basket at will.

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