Ryan Kelly has spent his summer playing basketball all over the globe and proving why he is one of the the best players in the class of 2009. The ultra talented forward from Raleigh, N.C. has showcased his array of skills and helped his teams win all summer. After last week's tournament in Vegas, in which he helped lead his D-One Sports team to the finals, Kelly finally has some time to relax and spend a bit of time at home.
"I have never had a summer this busy," said Kelly. "It has been a great experience. It does wear you down a bit but I have enjoyed it. Playing basketball is something I love to do. I think I am going to take a week off and relax a bit before I get back in the weight room and gym."
As far as the recruiting process goes, Kelly will be able to focus more on it now that his summer AAU season is over. "The process is still going well. I am still enjoying the process and it hasn't got old yet. I am just taking my time and looking for the place that fits me best both on and off the court." Kelly also mentioned that he would be trying to cut his list down soon. "I am going to sit down with my parents and my coach from Ravenscroft during the next couple of weeks so I can narrow down my list a bit," he noted.
With offers from everywhere, what does Kelly think about Wake Forest? "I really like Wake. My visit there earlier this summer went very well. I was also at their game with Duke last season which was a great game and great experience. I am building a good relationship with the coaches at Wake. Also, Wake is high on academics which is important to me."
Kelly also mentioned another relationship that will be important to him when decision time comes. "Wherever I end up, I want to have a good relationship with the current players there. I think a lot of people don't think about that but it is very important. I am going to spend four years with those guys so I want to make sure I have a good connection with them." The current players at Wake made a very good impression on Kelly when he visited. "The guys at Wake are not only good player but they are really good people as well. I got along great with them."
Recently, Wake received a commitment from one of Kelly's D-One teammates in 2010 shooting guard J.T. Terrell. b"I am really happy for J.T.," said Kelly. "I have enjoyed playing along side J.T. for the past three years. When I heard the news I congratulated him on his decision and I think he will be a real good player at Wake." Terrell's commitment may also have a slight affect on Kelly's thinking as well. "It is something I will definitely look at when the time comes," "Kelly said.
Kelly also made it clear he has no timeframe for a decision and he will make his choice when the time is right. He also made it clear that he has no leader at this time and he hasn't grown up a fan of any school.
Kelly continues to work hard both on and off the court and he just keeps getting better and better. His versatility and basketball skills in addition to his commitment to high academics will make Kelly a huge addition to any college.
Ryan Kelly has been a very busy man this summer. From playing in Argentina with the USA Junior National team to last week's tourney in Vegas, Ryan Kelly has played more than his share of basketball and he isn't complaining about it. DeaconSports recently spoke with Kelly about his busy summer and where he is in the recruiting process.