You probably know by now that both of KU's 2014 recruits were in action earlier this week, but if you didn't, here's a quick update. Both were able to come away with wins over some good teams with high-major players, and were each the best performers on their respective teams according to both unbiased (tournament organizers), and very biased (Me) sources. If you weren't able to catch the games or the replays in the WatchESPN archives, have I got a treat for you, as I found some nice highlight packages from MassLive that should give you an idea of how things went.
Cliff was good in the first half against #1 Montverde, but he was an absolute monster in the second. It looked as if Curie just didn't have the horses to keep up with a team that hadn't lost in more than a calendar year as they were down 12 with about 5 minutes left. That's when Cliff went ahead and put the team on his back with slam after slam to bring Curie back, and, just as importantly, flashed his ability from the charity stripe in putting away the win (and was 8-8 there for the day). The final line: 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a 73-69 victory for #7 Curie.
Kelly was awarded as Findlay Prep's team MVP against Wesleyan Christian as they rolled to a 73-44 win. Oubre showed his athleticism throughout the game, as well as some of the shooting touch that has helped him to continue to rise in the recruiting rankings. In addition, he showed some defensive ability against Theo Pinson, a UNC recruit who had a very good game, but found it difficult at times to score when Oubre took over as his defensive matchup. Also of note is that Oubre was clearly superior to his top-20 teammate Rashad Vaughn, who is being recruited by both Iowa State and Kentucky, and Calipari was there in-person to witness it. The final line: 25 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks.