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KU basketball notebook: Signees Alexander, Oubre add to awards

Future Kansas University basketball players Kelly Oubre, left, and Cliff Alexander pose during media availability leading up to the 2014 McDonald's All-American Game.

Future Kansas University basketball players Kelly Oubre, left, and Cliff Alexander pose during media availability leading up to the 2014 McDonald's All-American Game.

April 11, 2014

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Kansas University signees Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre have been named first-team All-America by USA Today, the paper announced this week.

Oubre and Alexander were joined on the first team by national player of the year Jahlil Okafor, a Duke signee from Chicago’s Whitney Young High; Emmanuel Mudiay, a SMU signee from Dallas’ Prime Prep Academy and Stanley Johnson, an Arizona signee from Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif.

Alexander, 6-foot-9, 240 pounds from Chicago Curie High, averaged 25 points and 16 rebounds in helping Curie to a 26-1 record. The squad officially finished 0-27 because of ineligible players. Oubre, 6-7, 190 from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., averaged 22.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.5 assists a game. His team went 31-5.

Alexander, Oubre and blue-chip recruit Myles Turner will be playing for the USA in Saturday’s Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore. Tip is 6 p.m. CDT, with a live telecast on ESPN2.

Other members of the U.S. team: Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson (North Carolina), Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones (Duke), James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana), Johnson (Arizona) and Reid Travis (Stanford).

All-America: ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman has named KU signee Alexander to his preseason All-America team for the 2014-15 season. Alexander was joined by Okafor, Georges Niang (Iowa State), Caris LeVert (Michigan) and Marcus Paige (North Carolina).

In-home with Newman: KU coaches Bill Self and Jerrance Howard conducted an in-home visit Thursday with Malik Newman, the No. 1-ranked player in the Class of 2015, according to jayhawkslant.com. Newman is a 6-3 combo guard from Callaway High in Jackson, Miss.

Watson update: Boston University transfer Maurice Watson Jr., a 5-10 sophomore guard, will visit Creighton this weekend, ESPN’s Goodman reports. He also plans to visit Illinois and Purdue, Goodman says. KU has been mentioned as a possibility.

Anderson OK: Former KU forward Braeden Anderson, who suffered a neck injury in a car crash last September and sat out the 2013-14 season, tells the Fresno Bee he has been cleared to resume “full-contact activities” at Fresno State.

The Alberta, Canada native told the Bee: “There’s really nothing like it, to see it up there on the screen when they’re showing you the X-rays of how it used to look and how it looks now and the things that they were looking for. To hear it from the surgeon, there’s nothing like that.”

Anderson suffered an injury to his cervical spine while riding in one of four vehicles involved in a Sept. 3 collision. Anderson had two surgeries at Stanford to fuse the vertebrae, the Bee reports. He couldn’t swallow or eat for 13 days, before and after the surgeries, and lost a lot of weight. He’s listed at 225 pounds.

“I’ve always been optimistic the whole time and trying to get myself ready to play,” Anderson told the Bee.

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