2009 five-star point guard John Wall garnered the bulk of attention for the D-One Sports 16U squad, but he was not the only reason his team made it to the final day of play in the Reebok Summer Championships during the July evaluation period. The inside play of 6-foot-9, 198-pound power forward Ryan Kelly was also pivotal to their success.
Colleges across the eastern seaboard and beyond are taking notice of Kelly, who plays for Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft School.
North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech have all offered Kelly, and a number of other high-majors, including North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan, Notre Dame, Indiana, Miami and Stanford, are also showing interest.
"Everyone is even right now," said Kelly. "All the schools I've mentioned have been to one of my practices, except for Stanford, but they are supposed to be coming soon."
Having taking a number of unofficial visits, Kelly's latest visit was to his hometown school North Carolina State where he took in the Red/White game.
"That was a great opportunity for me to see how I'd fit into the offense there," he said. "I was really impressed with the atmosphere at the game."
Kelly, who just missed out on four-star status in the post-summer rankings, is working hard to add muscle to his frame. He already possesses the footwork and scoring touch, but needs more strength to finish plays against high-major caliber athletes.
"Clearly I need to work on my strength," he said. "I'm in the weight room three to four times a week. I'm also working on my lateral quickness. But I also think it is important to continue to work at the areas of my game that are already strengths."
As a sophomore, Kelly averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game.