By: Kayla Mortellaro
PHOENIX— Kelly Oubre Jr. played one season for the Kansas Jayhawks in 2014-2015.
The 19-year-old guard stands 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He averaged 9.3 points, 5 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.8 assists in 21 minutes of play for the Jayhawks.
Oubre has been linked by draftexpress.com to the Suns in their latest mock draft as the player the team will select with the 13th pick in the June 25th draft.
With only one season under his belt in college, Oubre will need time to mature in to an NBA player. But a player nonetheless who can be a difference maker. Oubre has shown he can be a defensive threat, closing in on shots that offensive players think are wide-open.
Oubre does need to improve his three-point shooting as he knocked down just 35.8 percent in 2014-2015.
Phoenix brought Oubre in for a pre-draft workout Thursday and head coach Jeff Hornacek liked his potential.
“You see his athleticism, his shot, you know, that maybe if you’re comparing guys he might not be there quite yet but you could see in a year or two, he could get there,” Hornacek said.
Oubre thinks his game can translate to the NBA level.
“Being able to create for others and being able to get out in transition and I can showcase that I can get to the basket very easily and create things for my teammates,” Oubre said. That’s definitely something the NBA can bring out in me and I can just show that I am one of the premier defenders in this draft.”
Hornacek was able to simply state what he thought about Oubre’s game.
“He’s got good moves, he can fake one way and go the other way, still get to the basket and spin,” Hornacek said. “So, that’s a dangerous combination when you got a guy who can drive the ball and can shoot it.”
By all accounts Oubre has talent but might be a bit raw. If the Suns are interested in drafting a player to have an impact next season, Oubre probably is not their guy. But as Hornacek has mentioned before, most players selected in the mid-first round need time to mature in to the NBA game and have a better chance of impacting a roster a year or two after being drafted.