Kelly, a high post-oriented big man with shooting range to the arc, had received Ivy and Patriot League interest.
"I committed about three or four weeks ago, after getting back from my official visit," said Kelly. "I was on the verge of setting up official visits with Princeton and Columbia. But after I visited Brown, I decided it was the place I wanted to be.
"Obviously, it's the Ivy League. Education is the most important thing for my family. I really like the coaching staff, the style of play. The guys on the team are great, and the location is pretty good."
A three-year varsity player at Molloy for legendary coach Jack Curran, Kelly's recruitment was helped along by his performance at the Houston Kingwood Tournament in April with Joe Walsh's Long Island Lightning team, piquing the interest of a number of Division I programs. He missed the entire live period during July after tearing a tendon in his left foot.
"Brown actually contacted me after the summer was over," said Kelly. "The coach, Craig Robinson, was at Northwestern in the spring, when he first started recruiting me."
The native of Rockaway shoots the ball well for his size, having extended his range out to the arc in the last year, and is a credible passer. He needs to continue to get stronger and tougher for the next level, although one unexpected gain from his injury this summer was the fact that he was able to add 20 pounds while sitting out.
"(The Brown staff) told me that they were looking for a big man with some ball skills," said Kelly. "In their offense, the big guy is on the perimeter. That was the type of style of play that I was looking for."