Busy Summer Continues for Kelly

After an All-Tournament performance at the 2008 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft forward Ryan Kelly returned to the hardwood last week with his high school team.

After an All-Tournament performance at the 2008 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft forward Ryan Kelly returned to the hardwood last week with his high school team.

Kelly and his Ravenscroft teammates made the short drive over to NC State for the Wolfpack's team camp. Led by Kelly, Ravenscroft won the upper varsity title by defeating Fayetteville (NC) Seventy-First in the championship game.

"The only camp I've been to is NC State's team camp," said Kelly. "We went 9-0 and won the whole thing. I scored pretty well, but I need to continue working on my rebounding. I didn't play too bad though."

Tabbed Conference Player of the Year, Kelly led Ravenscroft to a 24-6 record by averaging 24 points and ten rebounds a game.

"Coach Lowe had a
chance to talk to me."

On the recruiting front, Kelly is considering offers from North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Stanford, NC State, Virginia, Georgetown Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Davidson among others.

NC State was one of the first schools to extend a scholarship offer, and the Wolfpack coaching staff let it be known throughout the camp that he was still a priority.

"We talked about recruiting some," Kelly stated. "Coach Lowe had a chance to talk to me and he made it clear how much he enjoyed watching me play. He came to all of my games, and he told me how much they want to have me play at NC State."

Unofficial visits, camps, and tournaments will round out Kelly's summer. He's slated to play in this week's NBAP Camp, which is held in Charlottesville, Virginia, so Kelly and his family headed up a day early so they could take an unofficial visit to Virginia. Following the NBAP Camp, Kelly will return home and attend another team camp with Ravenscroft as they will travel over to North Carolina for UNC's camp. The Tar Heels offered Kelly a scholarship last month and some folks believed he would jump all over the offer.

"I have the NBA Players Association Camp coming up, and I'm driving up right now so I can visit Virginia before that camp," said Kelly. "That's about the only unofficial visit I have planned for now. Also, before I go up to USA's 18-under trials I'm going to go by Georgetown for a day.

"When I get back from the NBA Camp, the following week we go to [North] Carolina's team camp. From what I hear, there are going to be some really good teams and good competition... when Carolina offered, I'm sure some people thought it was a place I would definitely want to go. It is a great school, but I don't have a favorite school. I was born in New York and I'm trying to find the best fit for me. Wherever that is, I'll go there."

Playing time appears to be a factor for Kelly, but don't expect him to be overly concerned with depth charts. According to him, you have to believe you can play for anybody.

"I stay in contact
with all of the coaches."

"Every basketball player should want to play and help his team as much as possible," he stated. "Playing time is something you should want, but no matter where you go you have to go out there believing that you are the best player on the floor and you can play against anyone."

Expect Kelly to honor the process. As it stands now, he wants to narrow down his list and take some official visits before making a decision.

"I wouldn't say a certain school is recruiting me harder than any others," he said. "They are all sending me mail and recruiting me when they can. I stay in contact with all of the coaches. My plan, at this point, is to at the end of July cut my list down to four or five schools and go from there. Taking all of my officials is a definite possibility.

"The biggest factor for me is going to be the people in the program and the players I'm going to be around. I have to be able to get along with the other players because I'll be around them all the time on campus and in the locker room."

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