Atlanta Pace Academy junior power forward Isaiah Kelly isn’t ready to name his top schools or a favorite, especially when he doesn’t have to sign his national letter of intent for more than 16 months.
But there’s no denying that the University of Wisconsin is high on his list of options.http://www.scout.com/player/201607-isaiah-kelly?s=193
Paying his own way up to Wisconsin’s advanced camp for the second straight year, Kelly got a chance to show how much he’s grown over the last year, a year in which he helped his team win the Georgia Class AA state championship.
“I really enjoyed how they worked,” Kelly told BadgerNation. “They were always on schedule and do everything that wanted to get done within a day. I worked hard the whole time.”
The 6-7 Kelly certainly makes an impression, an athletic power forward who can put the ball on the floor and attack the rim with his length.
Kelly earned a scholarship offer from Wisconsin assistant coach last June after attending the Badgers’ advanced camp. The two have remained in touch ever since and have built a strong relationship with Kelly and his father.
“We’ve grown a lot,” Kelly said of him and Paris, who is now UW’s associate head coach. “I’ve been probably talking to him the longest out of all the college coaches. We have a pretty good relationship.”
In addition to getting a chance to speak to assistant coaches Joe Krabbenhoft and Howard Moore, Kelly was told by head coach Greg Gard that the Badgers would love to add him to their program.
“He told me to keep working on my game, keep working on the stuff that I already do well and improve my weaknesses,” Kelly said.
Kelly took full advantage of his Midwest trip, stopping for unofficial visits at Marquette Wednesday and Butler Thursday. He said he might take some visits in the south before the season starts but doesn’t have anything scheduled.
“My main thing now is focus on getting better,” Kelly said. “I just want to get a good base for a relationship (with coaches). After I get a relationship with all the coaches, I’ll make a decision.”
Wisconsin only has one scholarship available for the 2018 class but is expected to roll over one of its two remaining scholarships in 2017.