Kelly chose the Huskies over Texas at the end of the day.
``I felt UConn was the best place for me," Kelly said. "Both offensively and defensively. My mother, father and coach also felt that it was the best thing for me."
Kelly gives the Huskies a good start on a Class of 2006 in which Jim Calhoun and his staff will need at least a handful of players.
However, Kelly, who averaged 17 points and 10 boards at Rice as a junior, is expected to be the cornerstone.
Kelly is an elite talent who runs the floor, blocks shots and can score in the paint. He's long and athletic and holds the No. 16 spot in Scout.com's Class of 2006. His one weakness remains his tendency to take plays off.