Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.) forward Ryan Kelly turned in an outstanding junior season performance, averaging 23.7 points, 9 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. The 6-9, 202-pound prospect helped his team to a 24-6 record, a conference tournament championship and a number four seed in the state playoffs.
“I think I really developed as a scorer this season,” said Kelly, whose team fell short of its goal of winning a state title but is primed for another strong run next season. “I think I understand how to play the game. I just tried to be a good player for my team. I tried to be a good captain…that was important to me.
“Now, the most important thing for me is to get in the weight room. I kept the weight I had put on before the season, which is good, so I’m hoping to add more weight this offseason.”
Prior to his junior season, Kelly had already received scholarship offers from N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Stanford followed suit during his junior season. While Kelly has visited a handful of programs, he has yet to narrow down his list of schools.
“I have to sit down with my coach and parents and whittle down my list,” Kelly said. “I really haven’t done that yet with the season going on. I probably will do that in the next couple of weeks.”
Asked if there was a timetable for when he wanted to make his college decision, Kelly replied, “I’m not really looking at it like that. I want to work it down, to find the best schools and the best fits for me. Whenever it feels right, I’ll make my decision.”
At this time in the recruiting process, Kelly is allowed to receive one phone call per month from each school. With respect to the state of Virginia ACC programs, he speaks monthly with Virginia head coach Dave Leitao and Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg. He visited both schools prior to his junior season, but only was able to make a return trip during the season to UVa.
Both programs remain very much in this recruiting race.
“I went up to UVa for the Elon game,” Kelly said. “It was great. I had a chance to get a feel for what...
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