Jake Kelly 50-50 on Commitment to Iowa

Jake Kelly thought for a long time that his future was at the University of Iowa. With Steve Alford leaving the Hawkeyes, the Indiana guard is re-evaluating his plans, saying it's 50-50 on whether or not he ends up in black and gold. Read what Kelly has to say in the HN.com premium update.

Asked to give the odds related to him sticking with his Iowa commitment or moving on to another school, Jake Kelly put them at 50-50.

"I'm talking things over with my parents and waiting to see who Iowa hires as the new coach," the 6-5 guard from Carmel, Ind. said on Tuesday.

When asked what it would take for Iowa to keep him, Kelly said he would want to talk to the new coach and see how he would fit into his plans.

Kelly's future was thrown into the world of uncertainty last week when Steve Alford left Iowa to become the head coach at New Mexico.

"Yeah, I thought for so long that I was going to be at Iowa," said Kelly, who committed to the Hawkeyes in September. "I thought I was going to play for Coach Alford and now I'm stuck between the two schools. It's a lot of pressure. I did sign with a school, but the coach is a huge part of that."

Kelly said that Alford and his associate head coach Craig Neal have tried to convince him to join them in Albuquerque.

"They told me that they would like me to come with them," Kelly said. "They think it's a good place with a good fan base and support. I guess they're trying to get me excited."

Kelly is considering visiting New Mexico if he's let out of his letter on intent with Iowa. When told that Iowa AD Gary Barta is waiting to grant requests for releases until after he hires a coach and has him speak with commitments, Kelly said, "That sounds good. I want to see who the new coach is and what he has to say to me."

Kelly said that Barta has not been in contact with him, but he would like to hear where the Hawkeyes are headed in their search. Kelly was asking a lot of questions of me about what I knew.

When asked what it would take for Alford and Neal to get him to New Mexico, Kelly said, "I would want to go there and see what the deal is and talk to people about what it's like. That's a tough decision. It's a long way from home."


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