2014 Rankings Report: Kansas

Here is a look at where the Kansas Jayhawks commitments come in, in the final 2014 rankings, and why they are ranked where they are.

It is clear that Bill Self is on a roll on the recruiting trail. Kansas has been a force to be reckoned with the last few years, and the 2014 class is no different as KU has as good a one-two punch as any school in the country.

Leading the way for Kansas is five-star center Cliff Alexander. Alexander checks in at No. 6 in the country falling one spot from No. 5. Now on the surface that is interesting because no senior had a more dominant high school season than Alexander did. The question then becomes why would he drop a spot in the rankings.

The answer to that question is simple, we aren't rating what people are now, we are rating what they will be going forward. Compared to others at the very top of the rankings, Alexander has a limited ceiling. He has repeatedly measured at under 6-foot-8 in bare feet, and that makes him very undersized to play the center position which is what his skill set dictates right now.

Alexander is an absolute beast, and likely could be the national freshman of the year. He is that strong, that athletic, and plays with that kind of motor at 250 pounds. With that, in order to be great going forward he will have to develop his skill level, and that is something that he struggles with right now.

In general Alexander is a slightly shorter than 6-foot-8 athletic, beast who dunks and rebounds. While that profiles very well as a freshman in college, as he continues to grow as a player and face the best, it limits his overall upside and keeps him out of the top five.

Kelly Oubre also fell one spot to No.7, but that had everything to do with Karl Towns flying up the boards than anything with Oubre. Oubre is one of the highest potential players. Right now he can be slightly inconsistent with effort and production, and he showed that during his senior season, but he still has all the athletic and skill potential in the world.

As Oubre gets stronger in Kansas' weight program he will have every chance to be a star as his shot making and versatility make him one of the most intriguing players in this class.

While those two are a good class as is, Kansas is also involved with four-star Devonte Graham. Right now the Jayhawks are in a battle with NC State for Graham who has been bumped up to No. 41 in the country from three-star status.

Graham had a tremendous prep year with Brewster Academy and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is one of the best floor generals in the class. He has the ability to score, is a good athlete, and has a good feel for the game. With that Graham vaulted all the way into the top 50, and now could put Kansas even higher in the team rankings if the Jayhawks are able to land his commitment.

Overall Oubre and Alexander is a heck of a class as it is, but if Graham joins the party then you are talking one of the truly elite trios in the country.


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