Alexander and Oubre to fill holes at KU

Kansas is going to lose some big time production to the NBA and graduation, but the class of 2014 has the ability to step right in.

Anybody who watched the Champions Classic on Tuesday night knows that the Kansas Jayhawks are loaded this season. That isn't exactly breaking news, now everybody knows that the Jayhawks will continue to be loaded going forward. Kansas landed Cliff Alexander on Friday to go with Kelly Oubre, and they should fit right in and fill some big shoes.

Small forward Andrew Wiggins has made it very clear that he is going to the NBA after this year. Also center Tarik Black will be lost due to graduation, and currently backup center Joel Embiid is considered a potential lottery pick as well which could lead to him leaving.

That allows Oubre, a small forward, and Alexander, a center, to fit right in. The playing time will be open and look for both of them to have a major impact.

With the possibility of Wayne Selden leaving as well, Kansas needed an impact wing. Oubre along with guys like Brannen Greene and Andrew White will continue to give the Jayhawks a big time threat. What Oubre brings that Greene and White don't is an ability to really handle the basketball.

Both White and Greene are excellent catch and shoot guys, but Oubre just brings more to the table. Without a dominant point guard, wings have to be able to handle the ball and help as pressure releases. Neither White nor Greene is capable of doing that, and because of that look for Oubre to be an instant impact kid who plays a valuable role for Bill Self.

Likewise Alexander will be a difference maker. In fact, Alexander could have a greater positive impact than Oubre. While Embiid is an elite prospect and could be one of the absolute best in the long term, right now his overall potential is greater than his production. That is absolutely not going to be the case with Alexander.

Alexander will have huge numbers right away for the Jayhawks. Assuming Embiid likes money and declares for the NBA Draft, Alexander will only have to compete with transfer Hunter Mickelson and deep reserve Landen Lucas for playing time.

Expect Alexander to have a huge impact posting near double-double type numbers. That will give the Jayhawks a serious low post scoring threat which they really don't even have this season given their current personnel. Because of that Kansas could be scary good.

It is funny to think, just three years ago people were wondering if Bill Self had lost his recruiting touch, now he is replacing five-star talent with more five-star talent on a yearly basis and is keeping the Kansas program amongst the absolute best in the country.

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