Kelly Continues Through Recruiting Process

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Ravenscroft (Raleigh, N.C.) junior forward Ryan Kelly continues to make the rounds to interested colleges, most recently making unofficial visits to Virginia Tech and North Carolina, respectively. The 6-9, 197-pound prospect has also visited N.C. State, Virginia, Richmond and William & Mary, among others, in hopes of eventually being able to narrow his list of schools by the end of his junior year.

“I think most of the schools I’ve visited at this point are pretty even, but I have started to say no to some of the schools,” Kelly said. “That’s what I’m trying to do at this point. After this period ends where the schools can come to see me play, I think I’ll sit down with my parents and coach and try to whittle it down more.”

So far, Kelly has received official scholarship offers from Charlotte, Davidson, JMU, N.C. State, Richmond, Vermont, Virginia, Virginia Tech and William & Mary. Coaches from Bucknell, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and UNC-Wilmington have stopped by Ravenscroft this fall to evaluate the multitalented prospect, who averaged 14.5 points, 9 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game in his sophomore season.

No other unofficial visits have been set at this point, but Kelly does hope to make more in the coming months. He is not sure if he will actually be ready to make a commitment by the end of his junior year, but he does hope at least to have narrowed his list of schools.

“It’ll depend on how I feel after visiting all these different places,” Kelly replied when asked if he could commit in his junior year. “I know for sure that it would be after basketball season if it happened, but I don’t have a timetable.”

The University of Virginia was one of the first schools to receive a visit from Kelly, who recalled his time in Charlottesville in August.

“I just saw in there everything in terms of a commitment to having a top basketball program along with being a top academic school,” Kelly said.

Virginia has continued to show its heavy interest ever since.

“Coach Diener has come by about once a week or once every couple of weeks to check me out,” Kelly said. “He has been very consistent in that fact,