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6-9, 204-pound forward Ryan Kelly , a top 2009 class prospect out of Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, N.C.), is focusing now on AAU season, which, for him, just got underway this month. He is currently taking a bit of a break from the recruiting scene, but he was recently able to come up with a pretty solid list of favorite schools.
“My list right now is, in no order, Virginia, UNC, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Davidson and Stanford, although Stanford is a little different situation right now with the coaching change. All of those schools have offered except for UNC,” said Kelly, who did not name a favorite among the group. “If I found another school to be interesting and a good fit for me – like Georgetown, which just started recruiting me – I would consider them, but that list right there is what I have now. I feel like they are all decent fits for me.”
Recruiting is no longer a primary focus of Kelly’s…at least for the time being.
“I don’t have a time set for when I want to cut my list even more,” Kelly said. “Right now, my focus is on getting better, working out, getting stronger and going to AAU tournaments to see how I stack up against some of the top players. Slowly but surely, I’ll narrow my list.
“What I’ve realized, and what I hope others realize, is that we’re not there yet. I need to continue to get better to improve for the next level and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Kelly plays for D-One Sports on the AAU circuit, and the team kicked off its season at the Boo Williams Invitational earlier this month. The team hadn’t practiced much before Boo Williams, so chemistry was a big issue there. The team quickly improved for the Pitt Jam Fest, though, winning its pool and making the final eight of the event.
Coming off of a stellar junior season in which he averaged 23.7 points, nine rebounds and close to four blocks per game, leading Ravenscroft to a 24-6 record and a conference tournament championship, Kelly is excited about this spring and summer on the AAU circuit.
“For me, the reason I go to play AAU is that I want to play against the best players all...
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