South Carolina Lands Kelly
Somewhere, D.C.'s Team Assault coach Curtis Malone is smiling. He's smiling because starting in the fall of 2003; he'll have two former point guards in the Southeastern Conference. On Monday, Tre Kelly selected the South Carolina Gamecocks, joining Kentucky's Cliff Haskins as the other Assault lead guard in the SEC.
"I liked the situation that I'll be put in," Kelly said. "Playing for Coach Odom and being the player that he describes and he needs [was attractive]. He says he needs a point guard that can score. He said he hasn't had a player like that since [Randolph] Childress when he had him at Wake Forest."
Kelly considered Kent State where he visited the week before, and West Virginia and Miami. But, once he got to Columbia he knew what was the best place to take his game to college. "I knew if I liked it, I knew I would commit. Basketball wise, I had liked it already. It just depended on the place."
South Carolina now owns a pair of commitments from the Class of 2003. Forward Brandon Wallace started the ball rolling for the Gamecocks when he committed after the summer. In addition to the pair of 2003 commitments, Odom gains the services of former UK power forward Jason Parker next season.