Kansas freshman Kelly Oubre Jr headed for NBA draft

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. announced Wednesday he is leaving for the NBA draft, skipping his final three seasons of eligibility after an up-and-down freshman year.

Oubre revealed his intentions in a statement released by the school.

The 6-foot-7 guard started 27 games this past season, helping the Jayhawks win their 11th straight Big 12 title. He averaged 9.3 points and five rebounds.

His decision to leave for the NBA is based more on potential than productivity. Oubre often disappeared in games last season, but scouts fell in love with his athleticism, defense and touch.

Oubre is expected to be among the first 20 players chosen in the June draft. Kansas had two of the top three picks last year in Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.