By Kara Walser
UWRF Sports Information
Scott Kelly is going to be a big asset to the Falcon men’s basketball team this year. Kelly, in his junior season with the Falcons, is originally from Hastings, Minn., and has been playing basketball since second grade.
Falcon Head Coach Jim Berkhof says that Kelly will be a main contributor for the team this season and will be a leader on and off the court.
“We are a young team with a lot of new faces,” says Kelly. “We also have a whole new coaching staff and our team has a new identity.”
Kelly has a great relationship with his teammates. He explains that they are all on the same page and are friends on and off the court.
This season, Kelly hopes to improve from last year which his coach thinks will happen. He played in all 25 games as a sophomore and started in 15 of them. He averaged 20 minutes of playing time and 4.2 points a game.
“Scott has a great jump shot and we need him to get back to shooting it like he did his freshman season,” says Berkhof. “That will be key to our success this year and I’ve got a good feeling he will.”
In his freshman season, he played in 23 games and started in the last 10. Kelly averaged four points, two rebounds, and 19 minutes of playing time per game. He shot 31-73 from the field (.425). But his main contribution came from behind the arc where he was 21-51 (.412). Last year he shot 34-90 (.378) from the field and 15-53 (.283) from three-point range.
So far this young season Kelly has shot the ball well in the team’s two games. He is 4-8 (.500) from the field and a perfect 2-2 from three-point range.
Kelly claims that at college level basketball, it is a much faster and more physical game. “Everyone is good at this level; there are no weak spots on teams,” he says.
Berkhof explains that Kelly has great hands and passing abilities. “He fits in very well with what we want to do.”
Before a big game, Kelly tries to relax and listens to music. His biggest inspiration is Michael Jordan. “I have looked up to him my whole life,” says Kelly.
Off the court, Kelly is a “strong student,” according to Berkhof. He was named to the A Honor Roll all four years at Hastings High School. He is majoring in business administration with a minor in coaching. His goals are to graduate, get a job and be part of a coaching staff.
Kelly’s parents are Mike and Julie Kelly and he has a sister, Kristi.
Hometown: Hastings, Minn.
High School: Hastings
Major: Business Administration