Prospect Spotlight: Kelyn Bolton (2018)

High School

Posted On: 12/20/17 6:39 PM

Off to a strong start to his senior season, Shawnee Mission East 2018 point guard is earning a reputation as one of the state’s most overlooked guard prospects.

At 6’1, Bolton brings elite speed and quickness to the guard and the ability to score in transition, rebound and defend. He can shoot the 3 and also has good court vision and is able to find open teammates.

Bolton is coming off a strong summer competing for the ONW Spurs and says the experience helped his game grow.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “I learned how to be a role player and figured out my strengths and weaknesses and really worked hard on shooting consistently from three.”

This season, Bolton has teamed with 2018 forward Jack Schoeman, who has committed to NCAA Division I school Colorado State, and 2019 forward Zane Meeks, who is drawing Division I interest, and has helped the squad start the young season 3-1.

“This year is a statement year for Shawnee Mission East, we’ve been over looked too long,” Bolton says.

A fan of Duke senior Grayson Allen, Bolton says he appreciates the guard’s passion for the game.

“He’s the type of player that’ll do anything to win and doesn’t care what anyone else on the outside thinks about him,” Bolton said. “I try to model my game after that even tho i still have a ways to go and I️ try to always keep my composure in a lot of situations.”

Bolton says he is still working on his game and improving throughout his senior season. Known mostly for his ability to break defenders down off the bounce, he has worked on his perimeter shooting.

“I’m working on my shooting form consistency and my overall shooting confidence,” Bolton said. “I want to be that type of player that is a threat at all times no matter where I am on the court.”