Ryan Kelly (basketball)
Kelly with Duke
|No. 4 – Los Angeles Lakers|
April 9, 1991 |
Carmel, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Ravenscroft (Raleigh, North Carolina)|
|NBA draft||2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Pro playing career||2013–present|
|2013–present||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2013||→Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kelly was a four-year forward at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He holds school career records in points (2,065), points per game (17.5), blocks (379), rebounds (950), free throws (312), field goals (864) and field goal percentage (.600, 864-of-1441). He also has single season records in points (882), points per game (25.2), rebounds (356), free throws (134), field goals (336) and field goal percentage (.620, 297-of-479). As a Sophomore, Kelly averaged 14.2 PPG, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks. As a Junior, Kelly averaged 23.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks while leading his team to a 24–6 record and fifth-place finish in the state. He led Ravenscroft to a 28–7 record as a senior, posting 25.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game on the year. He was named a 2009 McDonald's All-American, as well as a Jordan Brand All-American and rated in the top 20 overall by Scout.com (No. 12), ESPN.com (No. 17) and Rivals.com (No. 20).
Kelly committed to play for Duke under coach Mike Krzyzewski. During his freshman season, Kelly played backup to forward Kyle Singler, only playing in 35 games averaging 1.2 points per game. Kelly's sophomore year he was called on more, averaging 6.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, in 37 games for the Blue Devils. For his junior season Kelly was asked to be team captain, playing in 31 games and starting in 19. He averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. He missed the last part of the season due to a foot injury. His senior year, Kelly was again bothered early in the year by the same foot injury, which had him sidelined for several weeks. He finished his career at Duke averaging 12.9 points, 1.6 blocks, and 5.3 rebounds. He was also named to the ACC All-Academic Team all 4 years at Duke.
Kelly was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (48th pick) of the 2013 NBA draft. On September 20, 2013, he signed his first professional contract with the Lakers. During his rookie season, he has had multiple assignments with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
On January 19, 2014, in his first start as a Laker, Kelly scored 17 points in a win against the Toronto Raptors. On February 5, 2014, Kelly scored a career-high 26 points in a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-108.
Kelly is the son of Chris and Doreen Kelly. His father played basketball at Yale, and his mother played volleyball at the University of Pennsylvania. Kelly does volunteer work in Wake County, North Carolina with the special olympics. He is engaged to Lindsay Cowher, the daughter of former NFL player and coach Bill Cowher.