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Posted On: 01/30/18 11:00 AM
Ankeny Centennial has a great cast of 2020 prospects, one of them is 6-foot-4 guard Preston Kelling, a sharpshooting wing that will help shape the future of Jaguars hoops.
The sophomore made a splash this past offseason, when he was a standout in a loaded field at the Future Stars camp in Dubuque. And he’s been playing well through two-thirds of his regular season with the Jaguars’ varsity.
Kelling defined his skill-set during a recent phone interview with PHIA.
“I really like to attack the hoop and get open shots for my teammates. And I like to run the floor in transition,” said Kelling.
“I most definitely need to continue and work on my shooting, and probably ball-handling and coming off screens.”
Iowa’s 37th-ranked 2020, Kelling has appeared in all 15 games this season for the 10-5 Jags, and is averaging 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per contest.
“My role is to just get to the hoop, get to the lane and get open shots for Hunter (Strait) and Jackson (Brannan). And then get into the lane and score myself,” said Kelling.
“I need to keep attacking the hoop, keep getting inside an scoring still; just stuff like that.”
This spring and summer, Kelling could really open some eyes on the 16U circuit. He says he’s not sure which program he’ll play with, but he did mention All Iowa Attack as an option.
“I’m not really sure where I’m going to be playing for my AAU season, it’s undecided. I would love to play with Attack and Cody (McCullough), but I’m not sure yet,” said Kelling.
“I’m hoping to get a couple looks from colleges, there’s been nothing yet. Hopefully that can happen this summer.”