May 22, 2013

Barnes making a run at top 2014 wing

Texas is known for its high school football and the great talent that it produces on an annual basis. However, the Lone Star State is starting to become very well-known for the basketball talent it's producing as well as each year it seems like Texas is producing more and more elite basketball players. Obviously, the Longhorns are well aware of what the state has to offer, and although they've landed some big names in recent years from Texas, they'd probably like to increase the rate at which they land those elite prospects from the Lone Star State.

One of those elite 2014 prospects from Texas that the Horns clearly have significant interest in is 6-5 Fort Bend Bush (Houston, Texas) wing Kelly Oubre, who attends the same high school as current Longhorn Cameron Ridley. And the Longhorns have made that interest known.

"It's flattering," said Kelly Oubre Sr. about his son being heavily recruited by Texas. "He's worked hard. I'm from Louisiana, so I'm looking forward to how the locals take care of the locals. It's flattering they're interested."

Oubre Sr. is very involved in the recruiting process as he and his son work to find the best place for Oubre Jr. And he's also got a watchful eye on the Texas program after the recent roster movements.

"I want to see what direction Texas wants to go in; to be more proactive than reactive on their end is going to weigh heavily on whether Texas makes it into that list," Oubre Sr. stated. "There are a lot of unanswered questions that I think time will take care of. He's got his list of 10 schools right now (Oubre Sr. didn't know the 10 schools off the top of his head but Connecticut, Baylor, LSU, Texas, Kansas, Alabama, Arizona, and UCLA have been ones reported as being on the list) and at this point recruiting is still wide open."

Fortunately for the Longhorns, they have time to answer Oubre Sr.'s questions because his son isn't planning to narrow down his list further until the end of the summer.

"We haven't narrowed it down," said Oubre Sr. "Oh yeah, Texas is still in play to make the cut. We haven't narrowed it down to anything. As a matter of fact, our timetable would be probably toward the end of the summer because a lot is going on with camps and stuff. We don't rush the situation or to a decision. It's a tough decision for a 17-year-old and we only get one shot to get it right."
Ranked as the No. 27 prospect in the 2014 Rivals150, Oubre continues to turn heads despite the fact he's already one of the most well-known and heavily recruited players in the country. As a member of the Houston Hoops, the lefty has helped lead the Hoops to a 12-1 record in the prestigious Nike EYBL League. He's known for his shot-making ability from around the floor, explosiveness, and his strength at the rim.

"Excellent. He's playing very well," said Oubre's father about his play this summer. "He's playing the one, two, and three. He can even defend the four. He's doing the little things. He's comfortable and happy.

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