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Kelly Oubre stands out on his own at NBPA Top 100 Camp

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Kelly Oubre is one of the hottest names in recruiting circles as the small forward from Texas continues to play well going into summer. Although overshadowed a bit on the AAU circuit thanks to top-20 teammates Justin Jackson and Justise Winslow, Oubre had a chance to shine on his own at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia, as he consistently was one of the top performers on his team.

Oubre, ranked No. 27 in Rivals’ 2014 class, enjoyed the camp experience and made it a point to come out hard every time he stepped on the floor.

“This camp has been great, if you look around you see all of these guys that have the potential to be great someday,” Oubre told NBC Sports. “If you want to stand out you have to do something different than all of these guys because they can all really play. You have to come out and play to the best of your ability, warm up hard and show out.”

Among the lessons Oubre learned was the amount of effort and dedication it takes to be an elite player. Oubre stressed the importance of taking in extra workouts like the 7 a.m. “Breakfast Club” that is optional for NBPA Top 100 campers.

“You have to do extra and you have things like the Breakfast Club in the morning and you have to do those types of things to be great,” Oubre said.

Playing in Charlottesville also gave Oubre the chance to shine on his own after playing this spring with Houston Hoops — one of the EYBL’s best teams. Although North Carolina commit Justin Jackson and five-star small forward Justise Winslow share the front court load with him in the EYBL, Oubre enjoys playing with them.

“Justin and Justise, you know they’re both great players so it’s great playing alongside them,” Oubre said. “We’ve been playing together for awhile so we feed off of each other’s energy and I just love playing with them because we can all thrive off of each other’s success.

Colleges also haven’t neglected Oubre and are showing a serious amount of interest. Kelly told NBC Sports that  Louisville, Kansas, Arizona, UCLA, Georgetown, Texas, Missouri and Miami have all offered scholarships while he’s also getting interest from a few other schools.

“North Carolina is sending letters but they haven’t offered yet,” Oubre said. “Kentucky is also sending letters but they haven’t offered yet, so those are the only two (recruiting me without an offer).”

Oubre, however, is focused on the schools that have currently offered and two are standing out at the current moment.

“I’d probably say Louisville and Kansas are on me the hardest),” Oubre said. “We plan on taking an unofficial visit to Kansas soon.”

Soon, Oubre and his family plan on sitting down and discussing his future in detail.

“I’m trying to play the process out the best way that I can and find the best situation for me and my family,” Oubre said. “After this AAU season and after Peach Jam I’m going to sit down with my parents and see where I actually want to go and get serious about it.”

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me:

VIDEO: Buddy Hield is ‘all money’ on game-winning three vs. No. 24 Texas

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) takes a shot over Oklahoma State forward Chris Oliver during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
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With a little more than three minutes left on Monday night, No. 24 Texas held a 57-51 lead on No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman as Jordan Woodard struggled again and Buddy Hield failed to find the rhythm that he had throughout the first three months of the season.

At that point in the game, Hield was 4-for-14 from the floor with 15 points and four turnovers. He had just missed a pair of wide-open threes

“I couldn’t make a shot,” Hield said after the game. But that changed down the stretch. First, Hield finally got a three to drop. On the next possession, he got all the way to the rim and scored. On the following two possessions, he was fouled on a drive to the rim and hit four free throws. And after missing a pull-up jumper, Hield did this:

“I told coach I wanted the ball,” Hield said, “I saw Lammert coming to bite, so I pulled up.”

“It’s all money.”

Hield is already the favorite to win National Player of the Year, and this performance is only going to help his cause further. Think about it like this: Buddy was not good on Monday night, at least according to his (admittedly lofty) standards. But he still finished with 27 points and shook off a cold shooting night just in time to take over down the stretch.

Now think about this: Hield’s head coach has enough confidence in him to hand him the keys in the final minutes despite the fact that he’s struggling and on a team that has two other players that Lon Kruger trusts on game-winning possessions. Think about it. When Oklahoma beat West Virginia at the buzzer, it was Jordan Woodard that the play was drawn up for. When they beat LSU, it was Isaiah Cousins that got the rock on the final possession while Hield was used as a decoy. .

Want to talk about coaching luxuries?

Kruger has three guards that can shoot, penetrate and score, and penetrate and kick, and one of them is the National Player of the Year that doesn’t mind being used as a decoy.