For Isaiah Kelly it was a big showing at the Hoop Seen Fall Preview. The class of 2018 6-foot-7 forward began emerging over the summer, and since then he has really taken off as a player. Kelly now looks better than ever, and with him transferring to Pace Academy with five-star 2017 prospect Wendell Carter, he has big expectations for himself and his team this season.
“I am always working to be more consistent with my jumper and get better with my ball handling,” said Kelly. “This year being at Pace I feel like overall I am going to get better and know I can have a big role on the team.”
He continued, “I am looking forward to paying the better competition at Pace. Our goal is to win state, and I am really looking forward to it.”
Recruiting wise numerous schools have taken an early interest in Kelly and are making him a priority.
“I have a lot of schools interested,” noted Kelly. “I have offers from Wisconsin, Xavier, and Vanderbilt. Also some SEC schools and Big Ten schools have been talking to me.”
Upcoming for Kelly is a visit to Xavier. The Big East school has been recruiting Georgia hard the last few years, and Kelly has already become a top target for the Musketeers.
“I have a visit on Friday to Xavier,” said Kelly. “I just want to see the environment and see the school. I know it is a smaller school and not one of the big state schools, so I just want to see what it is like. I like the coaching staff and I know they have a good program, so I just want to see what the school is like.”
Already Kelly has seen Wisconsin for their Elite Camp, and he says getting the offer from the Badgers was big news.
“It was pretty cool to get an offer from Wisconsin,” explained Kelly. “I went up there for their Elite Camp and they offered two days later so that was great. Obviously they are one of the best programs in the Big Ten, so it was good to get an offer from them.”
For now Kelly is in no hurry to make a college decision, but he knows what main factors will be important to him when the time comes.
“Academics are huge,” said Kelly. “Also I am trying to get to the NBA, so whatever school I feel can help me get to as close to that goal as possible is big as well.”