Kelly Quiet About Transfer Rumors

A Terre Haute, Indiana newspaper quotes Bob Kelly, Jake Kelly's father as saying that the Iowa sophomore asked for and was granted his release from the Iowa basketball program, because he wanted to be closer to home.


Bob Kelly, Jake Kelly's father, has told a Terre Haute, Indiana newspaper that his son asked for and was given his release from Iowa. Bob Kelly said that Jake wanted to be closer to home following the June 2008 death of his mother. Indiana State, in the Missouri Valley Conference, is where Bob Kelly said Jake would like to play, which is in Terre Haute. Jake has several aunts and uncles in that area, including grandparents and other family members. Attempts by to reach Kelly on Thursday evening have been unsuccessful. More on this story coming soon.

The fear felt by many Hawkeye fans hearing Jake Kelly's name pop up in transfer rumors this winter were put to rest by Kelly earlier this month.

It's time to start worrying again. Senior Writer Rob Howe spoke with Kelly Wednesday morning, and the Iowa sophomore neither confirmed nor denied the possibility of transferring. It marked a significant change from the beginning of March when he was asked about leaving Iowa City:

"I mean, yeah, of course I considered it when my mom died (last summer)," Kelly said on March 9. "I definitely considered that. That's probably where (the rumors came) from, but I'm here and this is where I'm going to be."

When asked the same question on Wednesday, Kelly responded with "I really can't say right now."

He was then asked if there was a possibility he might transfer, and he said "I'd really rather not talk about it right now."

Kelly then said he would be able to say something on the subject soon. He confirmed that he would likely discuss it by early next week at the latest.

The sophomore stepped in as point guard when classmate Jeff Peterson went down midway through the Big Ten season. Kelly paced the team in scoring at 11.6 PPG, which was aide greatly by his offensive surge down the stretch. He earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors.

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