Isaiah Kelly is an elite student-athlete currently attending Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. The 6’8 combo-forward is one of the most versatile forwards in the nation, currently ranked the #48 player in the country for the class of 2018 per 247 SportsComposite. Playing for the Atlanta Express on the AAU circuit, Isaiah is starting to get tons of attention from college coaches that crave a versatile forward that can knock down perimeter jumpshots, create off the dribble, finish at the rim, while having the size and athleticism to attack the glass. Best known for his tremendous skillset on the court, Isaiah is also an honor-roll student holding down a 3.6 GPA at Pace Academy.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congratulations on the productive Spring on the AAU circuit so far, you turned some heads with your inside-outside ability averaging 10.2ppg, 4.8rebs on 52% FG and 50% from 3. Can you tell us about how things are going for ATL Express as a team and for you individually?
IK: Thanks, everything is going really well. Everyone on our team is performing at a high level. Individually, I’m playing really well with a lot of energy, just showing my skill set and showing coaches that I can play really well on the perimeter.
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EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
IK: I’m a 6’7 wing, very versatile and explosive in transition. I can get to the basket at will, play with a very high IQ and a good shooter.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
IK: Every day other than Saturday. Constantly working to perfect my craft.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
IK: I like everything in school, no subject appeals more than another. I really do enjoy school.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
IK: I’m not absolutely sure as of right now, but something that I will actually like doing rather than something just to make money.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
IK: I like ceramics, that’s how I spend most of my free time during school. When I’m not in school I just like hanging out with friends.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
IK: Xavier, Wisconsin, Vanderbelt, Alcorn State
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
IK: Iowa State, Marquette, Cal, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
IK: None actually planned out right now, but I will most definitely be taking some this summer to the schools who have offered me and the others that are showing interest.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
IK: My mom has her factors as far as academics and my dad has his factors for basketball, and we will decide from the schools who fit into those categories best.
V. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
IK: Off the court, to maintain a high GPA. Goal on the court is to just continue improving my ball handling and shooting, win my third state championship for high school.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
IK: I would say that if you put your mind to something, that you can do it but you have to try your hardest everyday.
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