It’s hard to believe that Andre Kelly is still a junior in high school.
Kelly has already had a fantastic varsity basketball career, without one game as an upperclassman.
The 6-foot-8 forward on the Lincoln boys basketball team averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds as a sophomore, shooting 57 percent from the field. Kelly was a second-team All-Area forward for The Record.
Kelly had 490 total points as a sophomore, and has 571 for his career. One thousand is certainly on the horizon for this kid.
That’s why Kelly is No. 3 on my “Countdown to Tipoff” boys basketball returner rankings.
Kelly is as talented, and as big a collegiate prospect as anyone in the area. I’m guessing there will be a question or two about why he’s not No. 1. Honestly, any of the top four have an argument to be No. 1. Kelly can prove that worth, too, this season by helping take Lincoln back to the playoffs, and using his length, stregnth and athleticism to become a dominant defensive player, too.
What he’s already accomplished is amazing, and he is likely going to get much, much better.
How it works: These player rankings are returning players only. These are weighed both by past varsity success and statistical prowess and the potential impact these players may have this year. All factors will be weighed, including whether a player must sit out time after a transfer or how long an existing injury might last.
Now, this counts down not to the first day of regular-season hoops, which for a handful of teams in the area is the week of Nov. 21-26 but the day the near entirety of the section begins: with the Foundation games on Monday, Nov. 28.
COUNTDOWN TO TIPOFF
No. 10: Gyse Hulsebosch (East Union G, senior)
No. 9: Jimmy Beltz (Elliot Christian G, senior)
No. 8: Tre Simmons (Brookside Christian G, senior)
No. 3: Andre Kelly (Lincoln F/C, junior)
No. 2: Sunday
No. 1: Monday
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