It’s safe to say Oregon State’s Kylor Kelley knows a thing or two about swatting shots around the rim.
The Beavers center rejected 211 shots at Oregon State and holds the school’s all-time record for blocked shots. He also thrived as the Pac-12’s premier shot-blocker with a block percentage of 13.3 and was second in the NCAA overall.
But Kelley’s block party days are now over at Gill Coliseum and the 7-footer hopes to continue his NBA career by hearing his name called in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday.
At Oregon State, Kelley averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.45 blocks per game while shooting an efficient 60.4 percent from the field. The 22-year-old displays confidence with dunking, playing in the pick-and-roll and excels around the basket.
His offensive numbers don’t jump off the page, but his defensive production was why he was named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team and Naismith Player of the Year watch list in back-to-back years.
Basketball runs in Kelley’s DNA. His 6-foot-9 father, Jeff, played at Boise State and his 6-5 mother, Shandell, also played basketball in college at Utah State.
While Kelley himself shows shades of Rudy Gobert meets Kristaps Porzingis due to his size, physicality and athleticism, he certainly has room to hone his playmaking skills and add muscle mass and strength to improve his game.
It’s long been Kelley’s desire to play in the NBA, will his dream come true on Wednesday? We’ll soon find out if the prolific shot blocker can find his next basketball team as a pro.