2008 Focus: Jeremiah Kelly

In this report WeAreDePaul.com's Dan Stack talks with Illinois Class of 2008 point guard prospect Jeremiah Kelly. Kelly, from Chicago, ranks among the best point guards in that state of Illinois. Stack talks with Kelly after viewing his performance at the 2006 Reebok ABCD Camp in Teaneck, New Jersey.

While playing as a sophomore with many Division I prospects such as incoming Blue Demon freshman Thijin Moses, Nyal "Mac" Koshwal, and Craig Brackins, it's easy to see why the 6-0 160 lb. point guard Jeremiah Kelly can fly under the radar. While he played a supporting role with the Boys To Men Math and English Academy program in Chicago, Kelly is carving out quite a game for himself.

Kelly is a smooth gliding point guard when he has the ball in his hands. He is quick on his feet and can play both in transition and in half-court sets. Jeremiah has good court vision and can knock down the jumper too when needed. While at the 2006 Reebok ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ he seemed a bit overwhelmed, but his game is in the early stages of taking flight.

"My strength is shooting, running the offense, running the team," Kelly said. As for any weakness? "I've got to get a little bit stronger," Kelly lamented.

As his game takes form, so is his list of interested schools that will no doubt be looking to secure his services next season. The 2008 recruit is getting some early interest from DePaul, Illinois, Iowa State, and Virginia Tech so far. For Kelly it is still too early. "I'm not really sure right now (referring to his recruitment)," Jeremiah said. "I'm just playing summer ball, wait till the summer is over with. Get AAU done."

Kelly is playing for the Chicago Jaguars on the AAU circuit, with some of his Boys To Men teammates, including the likes of Koshwal, emerging prospect Angel Garcia, and others. The Jaguars recently wrapped up play in Las Vegas and in the AAU National Championships in Orlando.

Scout.com's Dave Telep observed Kelly at the National Prep Tip-Off Classic in November. Telep watched as the point guard scored 24 points, including 6 three pointers, as Boys To Men defeated Lake Forest Academy. Dave had some positives to say about Kelly. "One of the best point guard prospects at the event. The reclassified leader was credited with four assists in Sunday's game but we'd swear that number resembled more in the neighborhood of 10. You have to admire a guy with a variety of scoring tricks, included a strong floater he uses in traffic. He's got the makeup to lead and is an extension of the coach. During stoppages he's quick to visit the bench and seeks instruction which gives you insight in him being a coachable player."

Kelly's coach with the Jaguars and at Boys to Men Academy is Loren Jackson. Jackson feels that Jeremiah is ready for a big year. "He's a true point guard," said Jackson. "He's a throwback, an old school leader. He's going to have a breakout season and be a top 30 player this year."

Jeremiah is only scratching the surface of his potential. He enjoyed his stint at the Reebok ABCD Camp, but he wants to get better. "This is my first time, so it's a learning experience," Kelly remarked. "I did pretty good for a first year. Hopefully, I can come back next year and (have) a better performance."

Expect Kelly to be one of the highly sought after guards in the Chicago area for the 2008 season and a sleeper to keep your eye on.

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