After putting together quality freshman and sophomore campaigns, the 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward traveled the AAU circuit with the Wisconsin Swing and impressed on lookers. His strong play in the summer then carried over to his high school season.
"My junior season has been going pretty well compared to my other two," Kelm told Scout.com. "My freshman season I only averaged nine and then 12 [my sophomore year] and now 17. Everything has been going well this year."
"I've been averaging more," he continued. "Everything is just going well. Coaches have been talking to me and I've just been trying to get myself focused and I'm trying to get the job done."
Well, consider the mission accomplished. Kelm, a standout at Randolph (Wisc.) High, is the driving force behind the Rockets impressive season. They're currently undefeated in conference and hold a 15-2 overall record.
Despite his size, Kelm is versatile enough to step away from the paint and do damage, and that's what he considers the strong point of his game.
"What I bring to the table is an inside-out game," Kelm said. "I start inside, but then I can go back and hit the three. I like to go back and forth and that's pretty much what I do the best. It's pretty much what gives teams trouble."
His versatility is among the many reasons college coaches are showing him interest. To this point he claims scholarship offers from Creighton, Bradley, Saint Louis, Oregon State, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, Marquette and Iowa State.
"The recruiting process has been going pretty good," Kelm said. "Colleges are looking at me and that's great. I'm thankful for that. I have full scholarship offers from a bunch of colleges and I thank God for that. It's just been a great experience and I look forward to making a decision this summer."
Kelm has taken unofficial visits to Iowa State and Iowa. Once the spring hits, he's hoping to make trips to Creighton and Oregon State.