Kelly Oubre’s father not a fan of the one-and-done

 Posted by at 1:34 PM on October 9, 2013
Oct 092013
John Calipari with his top two players from the Class of 2011 -- Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Photo: Associated Press

John Calipari with his top two players from the Class of 2011 — Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Photo: Associated Press

Class of 2014 star Kelly Oubre surprised some Tuesday by committing to Kansas after cancelling his planned visit to Big Blue Madness. The five-star prospect had previously said that UK and Kansas were his top two schools.

After the commitment, Oubre’s father had some interesting quotes for the Lawrence Journal-World. In one, he made it clear that he’s no fan of the one-and-done mentality.

“That’s one of the reasons behind choosing Kansas,” Kelly Oubre Sr. told the newspaper. “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? 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.”

Since coming to UK in 2009, Coach John Calipari has had 10 one-and-done players (11 if you count Enes Kanter). Kansas Coach Bill Self has had two one-and-done players in that span (three if you count Ben McLemore).

Oubre will play his senior season at Findlay Prep in Nevada. ranks him as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2014.

READ MORE: Lawrence Journal-World story on Oubre’s commitment


  6 Responses to “Kelly Oubre’s father not a fan of the one-and-done”

  1. I don’t think Coach Cal kicks anybody out. He just gets players NBA ready faster than anyone else and doesn’t stand in their way if they choose to leave. Some of his players who were one and done were a surprise to him. Daniel Orton and Marquis Teague come to mind.

  2. Cal repeatedly says that Kentucky is not for everyone. Looks like this is another example. Also very amusing that a big drawing point for Kansas seemed to be that Wiggins would be one and done opening a spot for Oubre to step in and start.

  3. There are a handful of players who came back to UK for their second season and Cal didn’t seem to have any issues with that. Cal has always said the decision is the players’ and the players’ family not his.

    Don’t know where the father got those ideas…maybe from reading some of the nationally based Cal-haters.

  4. Interesting that Selden and Wiggins are probable one-and-done players, and Oubre was most likely informed that the SF position is his once Wiggins (a one-and-done) leaves. I guess in his dad’s mind, he’d rather have these two come back while his son rides the pine.

  5. The father has now apparently “clarified” his statements tonight in an interview with KSR’s Matt Jones.

    The father said he was not referring to Kentucky or Florida in his comments but to some of the other finalists who were courting his son.


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