Harry Kelly (basketball)

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Harry Kelly
Personal information
Born 1961 (age 55–56)
Jackson, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College Texas Southern (1979–1983)
NBA draft 1983 / Round: 4 / Pick: 81st overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Position Forward
Career highlights and awards

Harry "Machine Gun" Kelly (born 1961) is an American former basketball player. He played college basketball for the Texas Southern University Tigers from 1979–1983.

College career[edit]

Kelly was born in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. He enrolled at Texas Southern University in 1979, and played basketball for the team for four seasons. A counselor gave him his nickname "Machine Gun Kelly" in his freshman year due to his prolific scoring; in his college career he scored 3,066 points — the sixth most in NCAA Division I history — and averaged 27.9 points per game. In addition, he achieved a career total of 1,085 rebounds, averaging 9.9 per game, making him the first player to score over 3,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in NCAA history. He was named Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year two times and received the John McLendon Award, which honors the best player at a historically black college, in 1982 and 1983.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Kelly was selected in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He was cut from the team before the season in favor of Doc Rivers, Randy Wittman and center John Pinone, who were all selected before him. He subsequently played briefly in California's Summer Pro League and Italy's Lega Basket Serie A. In 1984 he started a career in Houston's Department of Public Works and Engineering.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nance, Roscoe (31 March 2010). "Harry "Machine Gun" Kelly". SWAC Men's Basketball Profiles. Southwestern Athletic Conference. Retrieved March 11, 2014.