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Posted On: 01/10/19 2:00 PM
West Delaware graduated 10 seniors from last season’s 17-6 squad, there was a lot of production that needed to be replaced this winter.
Enter sophomore guard Kyle Kelley.
At 6-foot-4, Kelley has great size for a guard, and he’s been able to add a perimeter punch to the inside prowess provided by one of the state’s best bigs, Derek Krogmann.
“For my West Delaware team this year, I really had to step up and score more since we had 10 seniors graduate last year,” said Kelley. “I’m shooting it really well this year, which I always haven’t been the strongest shooter, but I really worked on that in the summer.”
Kelley is shooting 43 percent from deep, and is averaging 14.7 points per game. He says it’s his build and his defense that he’s working most to improve most right now.
“I definitely need to get bigger and stronger, because that just helps so much in the game, also conditioning. I really need to work on defending, I feel that’s what college coaches really look at,” said Kelley, whose Hawks are 8-3 so far this season.
“I think we’re all playing really well this year, and working together well,” said Kelley. “I’ve just really had to step up in everything I do since we lost all those seniors last year.”
When his sophomore season is finished, he’ll head right into an offseason with the Iowa Mavericks 16U. He’s eager to get out in front of some college coaches this spring and summer.
“This AAU season, I’m really just trying to get a look from some college coaches, I really haven’t gotten any looks from any colleges,” said Kelley. “So, I’m looking forward to getting some looks, it doesn’t have to necessarily be offers yet, and just starting the recruitment process.”