Jayhawk commits go head-to-head in McDonald’s All-American game

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 boy's basketball game Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago .  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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 boy's basketball game Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago . (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO – Kansas men’s basketball signees Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre, Jr. squared off against each other in Alexander’s hometown as part of the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game at the United Center in Chicago Wednesday evening.

Alexander, a 6-8 forward from Chicago Curie High School, represented the East team and ended the game with nine points and 11 rebounds. Oubre, a 6-7 guard/forward from Findlay College Prep in Henderson, Nev., was a member of the winning West squad and scored 11 points. Oubre drained the final two points of the game on a pair of free throws with 19.1 seconds remaining as the West defeated the East 105-102.

Alexander, the 2014 Naismith High School Boys National Player of the Year, is listed as the No. 3 overall recruit according to ESPN100 after averaging 27 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots per game this season at Curie. Oubre is ranked No. 11 by ESPN100 and scored 23 points per game at Findlay Prep. Oubre grew up in New Orleans and moved to Houston following Hurricane Katrina before transferring to Nevada to finish his prep career.

Alexander and Oubre will soon join forces as both will participate on the 2014 USA Men’s Basketball Junior National Select Team which will face the 2014 World Select Team in the Nike Hoop Summit on April 12 at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore. The Nike Hoop Summit, which will be televised live on ESPN2 with a 6 p.m. (Central) start, features America’s top seniors playing against a World Select Team comprised of elite international players age 19 years old or younger.

Kansas currently has two McDonald’s All-Americans on its roster with sophomore F Perry Ellis and freshman G Wayne Selden, Jr. Fellow KU freshman G Andrew Wiggins, who declared for the NBA Draft March 31, was a McDonald’s All-American last year, as well.

Alexander and Oubre bring Kansas’ all-time McDonald’s All-Americans total to 36, including 17 under the tutelage of current KU head coach Bill Self. The first McDonald’s All-America Team was named in 1977 and included KU great Darnell Valentine.

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