A Look At The Game Of Molloy Big Man

Reporter Mike Sullivan comments on the game of Morgan Kelly ...

During the first round of the New York City Catholic League playoffs, Morgan Kelly, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward/center from Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, New York, was spending time along the perimter.

Kelly softly dropped in a three-pointer in the first quarter. But as the game progressed, it was obvious that Kelly, who is verbally committed to the Ivy League program of Brown, will need some physical improvement to play on the college level.

Kelly certainly is a player with skill. He possesses a soft touch for a big forward. And this is what makes him an attractive recruit for the Ivy League school.

But Kelly must eventually utilize the advantage of being so big. And since he has the skills to make a defender honest, he is halfway home in making himself a very good college player for Brown.

The weight room will be the key for Kelly's success in the Ivy League. Morgan needs to strengthen his arms and shoulders, thereby eliminating any attempt of smaller bodies to strip him of the ball around the basket.

As Morgan gains strength and solidifies his frame, he can be an impact player for Brown down the road.

Kelly, who also considered Princeton and Columbia, has been a three-year varsity player at Molloy under coach Jack Curran 49 years). And he had the good fortune in playing for one of the best AAU coaches in Joe Walsh of the Long Island Lightning.

Brian Towey's View Of Morgan Kelly's Game: 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."

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