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Ryan Kelly

  • Full Name: Ryan Kelly
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-11 / 228
  • Birthdate: April 9, 1991
  • College: Duke
Los Angeles Lakers Round 2: Pick 48
 

- Draft: Kupchak on Kelly

Strengths
- True face-up four man
- Excellent 3-point shooter
- Good free-throw shooter
- Good shot blocker
- Good passer

Weaknesses
- Has to get bigger and stronger
- Needs to rebound at a higher rate
- Will surgery finally resolve foot injury that has plagued him for two seasons?

NBA projection
After the season, Kelly underwent surgery on his right foot, his second surgery in a little more than a year. That forced him to miss pre-Draft workouts. But NBA scouts saw plenty of Kelly despite his injury-plagued senior season. And they know he’s a true stretch four man who can impact games on the perimeter and in the paint. There just aren’t many of those kinds of players around.

2012-13 Season
Kelly was Duke’s best player before reaggravating a foot injury he suffered just before the 2012 ACC tournament. The injury forced Kelly to miss 13 games, but his return was memorable. On March 2, he scored 36 points against Miami, draining 7 of 9 3-pointers in the process. Despite missing the bulk of the ACC season, he was chosen honorable-mention all-conference. Kelly earned ACC player-of-the-week honors twice.

Key statistics
12.9 ppg | 5.3 rpg | 1.6 apg | 1.0 tpg | 1.6 bpg | 28.9 mpg | .443 FG | .422 3PT | .812 FT

Cool statistic
When Kelly played, Duke was 111-15, a winning percentage of .881.

Reminds me of...
Nick Fazekas

What Insiders Say
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
“I wish for our team that he never was injured, because it would be neat to see—he was playing better than anyone on our team when he got hurt.”

What Outsiders Say
Miami coach Jim Larranaga
“Well I thought we prepared for Ryan Kelly, but obviously not for that Ryan Kelly [after Kelly scored 36 points against the Hurricanes after missing the previous 13 games.]He was sensational from start to finish. For a young man who hasn’t played in more than a month, he is shooting the ball incredibly well. I think he is shooting the ball over 70-percent in conference play. That is hard to do when you are in the gym by yourself and you have a guy just rebounding for you.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.