Thomas Kelati

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Thomas Kelati
ThomasKelatiBCKhimki.jpg
No. 22 – UCAM Murcia
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League Liga ACB
Personal information
Born (1982-09-27) September 27, 1982 (age 32)
Walla Walla, Washington
Nationality Polish / American / Eritrean
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Walla Walla
(Walla Walla, Washington)
College Washington State (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Dexia Mons-Hainaut
2006–2008 Turów Zgorzelec
2008–2009 Unicaja Málaga
2009–2010 Valencia
2010–2012 Khimki
2012–2013 Valencia
2013 Laboral Kutxa
2014–present UCAM Murcia
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Matt "Choo" Kail Kelati (born September 27, 1982) is an American-born Polish professional basketball player of Eritrean heritage. In 2010, he gained Polish citizenship through his wife and is eligible to play on the Poland national basketball team in international competition. He is a 1.96 meters (6 ft 5 in) tall and plays both shooting guard and small forward.

Professional career[edit]

Thomas Kelati was a member of the Poland national basketball team during the EuroBasket 2011.

Kelati began his professional career in 2005 with the Belgian League club Dexia Mons-Hainaut. He then moved to the Polish League team Turów Zgorzelec in 2006 (two runner-ups in Polish league, reached the final round in the ULEB Eurocup). In 2008, he joined the Spanish ACB League club Unicaja Málaga.

In July 2009, Kelati signed a two-year contract with the Greek A1 League club Olympiacos Piraeus.[1][2] However, his contract was later canceled by the club before Kelati played even a single minute for them, due to him not passing his physical and medical exams. Olympiacos replaced him on their roster with Von Wafer.

As a free agent, Kelati then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a training camp invitee on September 30, 2009,[3] but was later waived.[4] Then he played for Power Electronics Valencia for whom he signed after being waived from the Los Angeles Lakers.[4] In 2010 he won the ULEB Eurocup playing for the Power Electronics Valencia. On July 23, 2010, he signed a two-year deal with BC Khimki.[5] With BC Khimki he won VTB United League in 2011 and Eurocup in 2012. In May, 2012 he left BC Khimki because of his contract ending.

In June 2012 he signed a two-year contract with Valencia Basket.[6] He left Valencia in June 2013.[7] On September 29, 2013, he signed a two-month contract with Laboral Kutxa.[8] After the contract expired he left the team.[9]

In February 2014, he signed with UCAM Murcia for the rest of the season.[10] In July 2014, he extended his contract with Murcia for two more years.[11]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Poland Turów Zgorzelec

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