The 6-foot-9 forward, rated the No. 16 prospect nationally in Scout.com's current Class of 2006 rankings, understands that Sosa's opportunity to play for Rick Pitino at Louisville is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You see – Kelly knows how good and how hard Sosa works on his game, and he realizes Pitino can translate that work ethic and talent into so much more.
"He's a great player," Kelly said of Sosa, who verbally committed to Louisville last week. "He's my right hand man. We've been playing (together) since we were 12 years old. We know each others game and how each other plays. We know everything about each other."
Kelly also says Sosa has earned what he's now receiving, namely a higher national ranking – Sosa moved up 15 spots to No. 33 in Scout.com's Top 100 rankings last week – and the opportunity to play for a Final Four program in the Big East.
Kelly already has offers from
several big-time programs.
Kelly, who averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4 assists as a junior in 2004-05, already has scholarship offers from Syracuse, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Georgia Tech, and St. John's. He'd also like North Carolina and Texas to step up their recruitment.
"I'm waiting for North Carolina and Texas to come by, they should be calling soon," said Kelly.
And while Pitino and staff haven't recruited him nearly as hard as they have Sosa, Kelly wouldn't mind if the Cardinals' showed more love for him on the recruiting trail this summer.
"They are recruiting me a little bit, but not as much as Edgar," said Kelly. "I'm like on stand by."
So he'd be interested if Louisville turned up the heat?
"Yeah, if Rick came calling, I'd definitely be interested," Kelly said. "It's Rick Pitino, of course I'd listen."