James Kelly (basketball)

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James Kelly
No. 24 – Maccabi Rishon LeZion
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueIsrael Premier League
Personal information
Born (1993-08-12) August 12, 1993 (age 26)
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolPioneer (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
NBA draft2016 / Undrafted
Playing career2016–present
Career history
2016–2017Incheon Electroland Elephants
2017–2018Changwon LG Sakers
2018–2019Hapoel Gilboa Galil
2019–presentMaccabi Rishon LeZion
Career highlights and awards

James Kelly (born August 12, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for Maccabi Rishon LeZion of the Israel Premier League and the EuroCup. He played college basketball for Owens Community College, University of Miami and Marshall University before playing professionally in South Korea and Israel.

High school career[edit]

Kelly started playing basketball junior year of high school, after a four-inch growth spurt. He attended Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he averaged 15 points, eight rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist per game and was named the league MVP.[1]

College career[edit]

Kelly played two years at Owens Community College, where he averaged 17.9 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, becoming the first player in program history to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 blocks in his career. Kelly was named First Team All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC), First Team All-Region XII and NJCAA D-II Second Team All-American as a sophomore.[1] His time at Owens resulted in a National Top 100 Junior College Ranking and he was considered one of the top Junior College recruits in the country for the 2013 class.

In his junior year, Kelly played at University of Miami, after deciding between Michigan State, West Virginia, and New Mexico. He went on to average 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes, shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range.[1] On May 16, 2014, Kelly was transferred from Miami to Marshall,[2] but sat out first season at Marshall per NCAA Transfer rules.

In his senior year at Marshall, Kelly led the team in scoring (20.1 points per game), rebounding (9.8 per game), steals (1.3 per game) and blocks (1.1 per game), becoming one of two players in Herd history to record at least 600 points and 300 rebounds in a single season.[1] Kelly was named three-time Conference USA Player of the Week (On December 28, January 11 and February 22),[1] C-USA Newcomer of the Year [3] and First-team All-C-USA.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Inchon ET Land Elephants (2016–2017)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Kelly joined the Charlotte Hornets for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[5]

On July 20, 2016, Kelly was selected with the 8th overall pick in the 2016 Korean Basketball League Draft by the Incheon ET Land Elephants.[6] In 34 games played for the Elephants, Kelly finished as the KBL fifth-leading scorer with 23.2 points, and also averaged 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1 block per game.

Changwon LG Sakers (2017–2018)[edit]

On November 7, 2017, Kelly signed a one-year deal with the Changwon LG Sakers.[7] On December 7, 2017, Kelly recorded a double-double and a career-high of 46 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 21-of-30 from the field, in a 93–94 loss to Anyang KGC.[8] In 45 games played for the Sakers, Kelly finished as the KBL third-leading rebounder with 11 per game, and also averaged 21.3 points, 1.4 assists and 1 steal per game.

Hapoel Gilboa Galil (2018–2019)[edit]

On July 9, 2018, Kelly signed with the French team Levallois Metropolitans.[9] However, one month later, he parted ways with Levallois before appearing in a game for them.[10]

On September 3, 2018, Kelly signed with the Israeli team Hapoel Gilboa Galil for the 2018–19 season.[11] On February 4, 2019, Kelly recorded 26 points, shooting 12-for-16 from the field, along with six rebounds, four assists and three blocks, leading Gilboa Galil to an 89–87 win over Ironi Nahariya. He was subsequently named Israeli League Round 17 MVP.[12] In 33 games played for Gilboa Galil, he averaged 15.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game, while shooting .578 (211-of-365) from the floor.

Maccabi Rishon LeZion (2019–present)[edit]

On November 19, 2019, Kelly signed a one-month deal with Maccabi Rishon LeZion as an injury cover for Darryl Monroe.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e "James Kelly – 2015–16 Men's Basketball Roster – Marshall University". HerdZone.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Basketball: Former Hurricanes F James Kelly transfers to Marshall". palmbeachpost.com. May 16, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Marshall's Kelly Named C-USA Newcomer of the Year". herdinsider.com. March 8, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Herd Men, Women Have Kelly, Scott on First Team All-C-USA". herdinsider.com. March 7, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Hornets Announce 2016 Orlando Pro Summer League Roster". NBA.com. June 28, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "James Kelly Drafted by Inchon ET Land of Korean Basketball League". herdzone.com. July 20, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "James Kelly is a newcomer at LG Sakers". asia-basket.com. November 7, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Anyang KGC 94 at Changwon LG Sakers 93". RealGM.com. December 7, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "James Kelly signs with Levallois Metropolitans". Sportando.basketball. July 9, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Levallois Metropolitans won't keep James Kelly". Sportando.basketball. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "קלי ישלים את הסגל של גלבוע/גליל". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). September 3, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "מצטיין המחזור ה-17: ג'יימס קלי". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). February 5, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  13. ^ "תחליף זמני למונרו: קלי חתם בראשל"צ". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). November 19, 2019. Retrieved November 19, 2019.

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