In a 2008 class deficient in strong point guard play, Jeremiah Kelly of Chicago Boys to Men Academy stood out at the Kingwood Classic with his winning ways while running the Mac Irvin Fire. One Big East school is in a strong position to land the 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard.
"Jeremiah is a winner," said Boys to Men head coach Loren Jackson. "His record as a prep school point guard is 65-14. From a coaching standpoint, he is a coach on the floor with an old school approach. He has a pass first mentality, but he will knock down threes when you need them. He really has a knack for getting the ball to guys at the right time."
Kelly exhibited all these traits as Mac Iring went undefeated in the Gold Division of the Kingwood Classic. Against the 2D1 Basketball Academy in bracket play, he consistently gave up the ball early with impeccable timing. As the game wore on, he knocked down 5-6 three pointers as well as knocking down some floaters in the lane. All the while, he was in constant communication with his teammates as the definite leader on the court.
Playing much in the vein of former Florida point guard Taurean Green, Kelly hit a number of his threes going left off the high ball screen. He also drained shots off the catch with his efficient release.
As for his recruitment, DePaul is likely to land the steady point guard.
"DePaul is showing the most interest," said Coach Jackson. "Jeremiah also has two teammates already there in Mac Koshwal and Thinjin Moses. He has a lot pulling him there."
Kelly is also considering Florida State (offer), Valparaiso (offer), Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
On the season, Kelly averaged 18 points per game on 42 percent shooting from the arc and 90 percent shooting from the line. He also tallied six assists and three steals per game.
Presently Kelly is the No. 134 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, but he is expected to move into the four-star range.
Jeremiah Kelly scouting report:
Skilled and poised with the basketball, Kelly is a point guard with a team first approach to the game. Adept at hitting teammates in rhythm, Kelly is also a dangerous scoring threat, especially from behind the arc. He does need to build up his body to be more effective on the defensive end, but he has a mind for the game on both ends of the floor.