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KU-bound Oubre hits late FTs in McDonald’s game

April 3, 2014

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McDonald’s West All-American Kelly Oubre, left, blocks the shot of McDonald’s East All-American James Blackmon Jr. during the first half of the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday in Chicago. Oubre is a Kansas University signee. Blackmon is headed to Indiana.

McDonald’s West All-American Kelly Oubre, left, blocks the shot of McDonald’s East All-American James Blackmon Jr. during the first half of the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday in Chicago. Oubre is a Kansas University signee. Blackmon is headed to Indiana.

McDonald’s West All-American Jahlil Okafor, left, fouls McDonald’s East All-American Cliff Alexander during the second half of the West’s 105-102 victory Wednesday in Chicago.

McDonald’s West All-American Jahlil Okafor, left, fouls McDonald’s East All-American Cliff Alexander during the second half of the West’s 105-102 victory Wednesday in Chicago.

Kelly Oubre McDonald's All American practice

Kansas University signee Kelly Oubre, Jr., a 6-foot-7 wing from Richmond, Texas, goes through drills in the days leading up to the McDonald'a All American game. (Video courtesy of McDonald's) Enlarge video

Cliff Alexander McDonald's All American practice

Kansas University signee Cliff Alexander, a 6-foot-9 post player from Curie Metro High, in Chicago, goes through drills in the days leading up to the McDonald'a All American game. (Video courtesy of McDonald's) Enlarge video

— Kansas University basketball signee Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds as his West high school all-star team edged the East, 105-102, in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday night in the United Center.

Oubre, a 6-foot-7 wing from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., hit two free throws with 19.1 seconds left to boost a 103-102 lead to the final margin. Game co-MVP/Duke signee Jahlil Okafor had dunked with 41 seconds left to erase a 102-101 deficit. The East’s James Blackmon Jr., who is headed to Indiana University, missed a three-pointer with 2.9 seconds left that would have tied the game.

Oubre, Rivals.com’s No. 12-rated player nationally, hit three of 13 shots, went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line and also had two blocks, two steals, one assist and no turnovers in 18 minutes. He was 0-for-5 from three.

KU signee Cliff Alexander, who played with his right wrist taped, scored nine points off 4-of-11 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. He also had an assist and a block in 25 minutes. He’s the player who fouled Oubre with just under 20 seconds to play. Alexander, 6-8 from Chicago’s Curie High who is ranked No. 4 nationally by Rivals.com, bruised his wrist during Monday’s slam dunk competition.

Okafor, 6-10 from Chicago’s Whitney Young High, scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Also for the West, future SMU point guard Emmanuel Mudiay added 15 points and six assists, and future UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn 14 points and five rebounds. For the East, North Carolina signee Justin Jackson went for 23 points off 11-of-14 shooting with five rebounds and shared MVP honors witih Okafor. Duke’s Tyus Jones added seven points and nine assists.

No. 6-ranked Myles Turner, 6-11 from Trinity High in Euless, Texas, scored seven points off 2-of-3 shooting (2-of-3 from the line) for the East. He hit a three-point shot and had seven rebounds in 21 minutes.

Turner, who is considering KU, Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU and others, said during the game he would make his college choice shortly after the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game on April 18 in New York.

“After the Jordan Brand Classic, I’m going to sit down with my family and do my best to set a date to commit,” he said.

Of Turner’s decision, KU signee Oubre told USA Today: “God is gonna lead him to the right college. I’ve never been the one to try and persuade. Like when Jahlil (Okafor) and Tyus (Jones) had their heavily-anticipated announcement (to Duke) I just told them to make the right choice for them. If Myles feels Kansas is where he wants to elevate his game then I’ll happily welcome him to the family. At the end of the day it’s about him and his family not any of us.”

West 105, East 102

EAST (102)

Alexander 4-11 1-3 9, Jackson 11-14 0-0 23, Turner 2-3 2-3 7, Jones 3-5 0-0 7, Russell 5-10 0-0 11, Pinson 1-5 1-2 3, Whitehead 2-5 2-2 6, Trimble 0-5 2-2 2, Winslow 4-6 1-4 9, Blackmon 5-11 2-2 13, Towns 3-6 0-0 6, Looney 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 43-89 11-18 102.

WEST (105)

Lyles 3-7 2-2 8, Okafor 8-15 1-2 17, Mudiay 6-15 3-4 15, Allen 2-6 0-0 4, Johnson 4-10 0-0 8, Berry II 3-6 0-0 7, Oubre 3-13 5-5 11, Booker 3-8 0-0 8, Vaughn 5-11 2-2 14, Travis 4-8 0-0 8, Ulis 2-5 0-0 5, Welsh 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-104 13-15 105.

Halftime-East 51-50. 3-Point goals-East 5-19 (Turner 1-1, Jones 1-1, Jackson 1-2, Russell 1-2, Blakcmon 1-4, Whitehead 0-1, Winslow 0-1, Towns 0-1, Looney 0-1, Pinson 0-2, Trimble 0-3), West 6-28 (Booker 2-3, Vaughn 2-5, Berry II 1-2, Ulis 1-2, Lyles 0-1, Allen 0-2, Travis 0-2, Mudiay 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-East 57 (Alexander, Looney 11), West 53 (Lyles 8). Assists-East 23 (Jones 10), West 22 (Mudiay 6). Total fouls-East 10, West 15. A-17,116.

Comments

Robert Rauktis 1 year, 4 months ago

Who won? The pickles or the secret sauce?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 4 months ago

And the Journal-World drumbeat to oblivion begins again. Another whiz-bang prospect for a flash-in-the-pan-freshman . See you next March.

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