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Kelly Oubre Looking To Show Competitiveness

Draft prospect Kelly Oubre wants to show he’s a “monster” and “make these teams fall in love with me.”

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Updated 10 months ago on
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Nineteen-year-old small forward Kelly Oubre knows he has a lot to prove as he goes through the draft process.

“The knock on me was that I didn’t really compete, which was wrong, because I’m one of the most competitive people that’s ever come on this planet,” said the Kansas product at a draft workout on Thursday for approximately 150 NBA executives, hosted by agent Billy Duffy.

“I want to show them that I’m a competitor, that I have a drive to win and a drive to be great,” continued Oubre.  “Not understanding, that’s what kind of gave me that knock, because when I don’t understand something, I’m a perfectionist, so I want to do it perfectly.  I’m not going try to go extra hard and do it wrong.”

At 6’7, Oubre has NBA size and athleticism.  He’s projected to be a lottery pick on June 25.

Through 36 appearances with the Jayhawks, he averaged 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists, while shooting 44.1 percent from the field.

“At Kansas, I wasn’t able to show a lot of my offensive game.  I made shots, but sometimes they were like bad shots,” said Oubre.  “I’m working on one-on-one moves, being able to get by my defender and create for my teammate.”

Oubre will be meeting with teams over the coming weeks.  In addition to showing his development offensively, he’s confident he can defend at the next level.

“I can lock somebody up on the defensive end and [be] one of the best offensive players,” he said.  “I’m really good at coming off screens.

“At Kansas, I didn’t have a lot of assists because I wasn’t breaking my guy down and getting into the lane.”

Oubre said he’ll be the green room on draft night, a long-time dream.  He’s got a suit picked out, although he wouldn’t give out any hints as to his look.

“I’m a swaggy person,” he said, mentioning Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Nick Young.  “Swaggy P, Swaggy K, you know what I mean? Nah, I don’t want to take his name, but I definitely take pride in that fashion sense.  Nick Young does too, so I kind of look at him, things he has – not try to swagger-bite, but more like out-do him a little bit.”

Oubre is confident he’ll show that he’s a “monster,” as he travels franchise-to-franchise to build up his draft stock.

“I’m ready for this test,” Oubre said. “I’m ready to overcome and make these teams fall in love with me.”

Eric Pincus is a Senior Writer for Basketball Insiders, with a focus on the business side of the game.

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