Basketball: Kylor Kelley commits to play for Oregon State
Former Gervais High School basketball player Kylor Kelley has announced his commitment to play for the Oregon State University men's basketball team this fall.
The 7-foot-1, 205 pound sophomore center announced his commitment to the Beavers on June 8, making him the seventh new player to commit to the Oregon State program for the coming 2017-18 season.
In his career at Gervais High School, Kelley earned a reputation as one of the best shot-blockers in the state, setting the school's record for blocks in a game, season and career.
Kelley graduated in 2015 and was named PacWest Player of the Year after averaging 15.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 7.6 blocks per game for the Cougars.
Kelley's prolific high school career attracted the attention of Northwest Christian University head coach Luke Jackson, a former University of Oregon standout and NBA veteran who recruited Kelley to play for the Deacons in Eugene. Kelley signed to play at NCU in 2015 and red-shirted the 2015-16 season.
This season, Kelley started and played in 10 games for Northwest Christian, averaging 8.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.6 blocks in 28.7 minutes per game.
Kelley blocked nine shots for the Deacons in a game against Southern Oregon on Dec. 10, setting the school's single-game record.
Kelley got some Pac-12 play early in the season in a non-conference game against the Oregon Ducks in November, where he put up 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks against the Ducks.
Kelley transferred to Lane Community College this year to continue his education before jumping over to the Beavers. Because Kelley is transferring from an NAIA school and not another NCAA school, he will be eligible to play immediately for Oregon State.
Kelley joins an Oregon State team that went 5-27 overall and 1-17 in the Pac-12 to finish at the bottom of the league standings last season.
His addition to the roster gives the Beavers another top shot-blocker to pair with big man Drew Eubanks, who withdrew his name from the NBA draft in May after ranking third in the Pac-12 with 2.2 shots swatted per game last season.
Kelley's presence in the paint could help lift the Beavers to one of the top shot-blocking teams in the conference after ranking 7th in the Pac-12 last year with 3.7 blocks per game.
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