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Kelly Oubre will enter the NBA Draft

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Note: before you go any further, no this is not an April Fool's joke

Freshman Kelly Oubre has announced that he will declare for the NBA draft this spring, per a report from the Lawrence Journal World.

Oubre came in to the season with a lot of fanfare, though early returns made it look like he might be a multiyear player. After spotty minutes through the first eight or nine games, Oubre locked himself into a starting role, and quickly became one of the team's most important players. A good defender who led the team in steal %, Oubre also showed great quickness and ability to get to the rim at times, while brandishing a streaky-but-effective outside shot. He also led the team in defensive rebounding.

Oubre leaves the small forward position in some turmoil for the upcoming season. Ukranian freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk earned some early starts this year, but ultimately played very little down the stretch. The hope is that another year will bring Svi to the point he needs to be physically in order to play a major role. If he doesn't develop as hoped, Brannen Greene will be a junior and has shown that he can provide helpful minutes when his shot is falling. There's also still hope that Kansas can land Jaylen Brown or Brandon Ingram, the two biggest blue chip SFs left in this year's recruiting class.

Best of luck to Kelly Oubre and his NBA career!