Isaiah Kelly's relationship with assistant coach Lamont Paris has kept Wisconsin in the mix

The fact that assistant coach Lamont Paris remains on Wisconsin's staff means Atlanta Pace Academy 2018 power forward Isaiah Kelly is still highly interested in the Badgers.

Atlanta Pace Academy Isaiah Kelly was offered by Wisconsin last summer following an unofficial visit to the campus for the school’s high school summer camp. A lot has changed with the Badgers since then, but Kelly’s relationship with now-associate head coach Lamont Paris has grown.

“Me and coach talk a lot,” Kelly told BadgerNation. “Coach Paris keeps me pretty informed. He was the first college coach I talked to. I think it’s a good thing that Coach Gard is the new head coach. He was under Coach Ryan, and I’m pretty sure he learned a lot of good stuff from him. I think it’s going to be a good fit.”

Kelly was the first 2018 prospect Wisconsin extended a scholarship offer to and has remained a high target. The interest in Wisconsin from Kelly comes because of the school’s facilities, training staff and the academics.

“Everything feels like a family,” Kelly said. “It feels like a home.”

In addition to Wisconsin, Kelly – a three-star prospect by Scout.com - said Iowa StateVanderbilt and Xavier are recruiting him the hardest.

Led by five-star center Wendell Carter, Pace Academy finished with a 21-10 record and won the Georgia Class AA state championship in early March. Kelly said playing next to Carter helped him grow as a player, improving his ball handling, off-the-ball movement and footwork.

“It was an incredible experience,” he said. “We started off with a 2-8 record and played some better teams. It was a growing experience. We started playing pretty good, we won the regional championship and kept it going toward a state title.”

Kelly has visited Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Georgia and Xavier. He plans to return to Madison in June for an unofficial visit and participate in one of their camps.


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