Academic Elite Session 1: Kelley improving, looking for a landing spot

SONY DSCAt the first Academic Elite session, a lot of the campers are looking to improve and impress the scouts and coaches in attendance. But some, mainly the few players who have already graduated and are still unsigned, have a little more inspiration than others to stand out from the crowd.

Brian Kelley, who graduated from the Bullis (Md.) School this month, is still looking to find his home.

Kelley, a lanky 6-foot-2 guard, has been one of the more impressive players in Reading this week, and he’s hoping to continue that trend while catching the eyes of college coaches in the process.

“I’m just trying to work on different parts of my game, improve in general,” Kelley said on Friday. “I’m here to show coaches what I’ve got.

“Coaches have stopped by to check up on me, just to say ‘hello’. The whole process is really just starting for me, this is the beginning for me.”

Kelley is a player that brings a little bit of everything to the table; he has the ability to shoot, but looks more comfortable moving without the ball. On the defensive end, during a five-on-five demonstration led by United States Merchant Marine Academy coach Danny Nee, Kelley was boxing out the opposition to avoid them getting offensive rebounds.

But the one aspect of his game that Kelley appreciates the most comes off the court.

“I can shoot it, but I like to be a team guy,” Kelley said. “I like to clap it up for my guys on the bench, just try and move around a lot.”

While Kelley is listed as one of two unsigned seniors in Academic Elite Session I, he doesn’t feel like he has more to prove than others because of his senior status. He’s more worried about playing to the best of his ability throughout the weekend.

“I just want to go out there and do my thing,” Kelley said. “There’s no real pressure on me, I just go out there to play and play my best.”

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