Kelly Oubre talks Georgetown, Otto Porter

Kelly Oubre talks Georgetown, Otto Porter
July 18, 2013, 3:30 pm
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At 6-7, 200 pounds, Kelly Oubre is hard to miss. With a bleach-tipped mohawk atop his head, it's even harder.

Then you watch him play basketball and there should be no doubt.

Oubre, a Texas native and Georgetown target who will play his senior year at Findlay Prep (Nev.), scored 14 points and added five rebounds in a 93-77 win for Team USA West over Canada on Thursday at the Nike Global Challenge in Washington, D.C.

The performance came one week after he averaged 14.4 points and 5.5 rebounds for Houston Hoops at Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina.

Georgetown head coach John Thompson III was in attendance on Thursday to watch Oubre, knowing that he is in an eight-team race for the 2014 prospect's commitment.

The Hoyas join Kentucky, Connecticut, UNLV, Louisville, Oregon, Kansas, and Florida in Oubre's final list.

"[Georgetown] is a great school," Oubre told CSN at Nike Global. "Coach Thompson is a great coach. He develops a lot of big guards and, you know, everybody who goes to his program is successful in his offense."

One of those larger wings that he has developed is Otto Porter, who came to Georgetown never having played in a tournament like Oubre did Thursday. Porter famously did not compete on the AAU circuit in high school and, thus, came to college with less national attention than others.

Porter averaged 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game during his freshman season in 2011-12 before breaking out during his sophomore campaign. That, as we know, led to 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, a Big East Player of the Year trophy, and a No. 3 overall selection to the Washington Wizards in the 2013 NBA Draft.

"That's a motivational story," Oubre said. "You see that guy, you could see yourself in his shoes one day.

"I played AAU and I got the exposure that I needed, but I could see him. He didn't play AAU, but he's still successful, so imagine if I went to that school and I was successful even more."

Team USA West plays again Thursday evening against France at 6 p.m., then Friday at 4 p.m. vs. Team USA East before the championship round on Saturday.