New name on the radar for U of L hoops

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has two commitments already in the Class of 2014. The Cardinals are scouting the country for a few more prospects in that class and there's a new name on the U of L radar.

Kelly Oubre Sr. has been fielding calls from a ton of top-level college basketball programs regarding his son, Kelly Jr., in recent months.

The father keeps track of the schools that call, takes mental notes from the calls and discusses the schools with his son.

But there was one recent call in particular that Oubre Sr., said he was "really glad that came" and that was from the University of Louisville.

"I have always been a fan of coach (Rick) Pitino," Oubre Sr., said. "I know the style they play and I know the success he's had in the past. It was not like I just fell in love with Louisville in the (NCAA) Tournament.

"We're honored they called and want to recruit (Oubre Jr.)."

The 6-foot-7, 195-pound Oubre Jr., is a native of New Orleans who was relocated to Richmond, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina. He's considered one of the top 75 prospects overall and a top small forward prospect in the Class of 2014.

Oubre is averaging 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds a game in the Nike EBYL league playing for his AAU team – Houston Hoops.

"There's a lot of schools in constant contact," Oubre Sr., said. "And then there's a lot of new schools calling. We plan to narrow it down sometime by the end of the summer and then make some kind of decision.

"We've talked about it and it's not going to be a rush job (decision) but we're also not going to prolong it at all."

The father mentioned Kansas, Connecticut, Georgetown, UCLA, Texas, LSU and Arizona are the schools that have remained in "constant contact," with U of L, Michigan State and Michigan among the schools now in the mix.

"He's versatile and our thing is that he can play in a structured system or in a wide-open system," the father said. "We feel like he can play a lot of places."

One of those places, according to Oubre Sr., is Louisville. He said he's "very familiar" with the defending national champions and the style Pitino plays.

"I've watched Louisville a lot over the years," he said. "When they had Terrence Williams, that caught my eye the way coach Pitino played him, and also Earl Clark. I like what (Pitino) does with the kids and how he gets the most out of them.

"I like the tradition a lot too because I am an old-school basketball guy. I'm just trying to preach and show that to my son."

When asked if Louisville would be able to get into the mix with the schools that have been in the process for longer, the father replied "most definitely."

U of L coaches, including Pitino, saw Oubre at two EYBL events this spring and are expected to watch him during the three summer evaluation periods.

Cardinal Authority Top Stories