|No. 22 – Stelmet Zielona Góra|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
September 27, 1982 |
Walla Walla, Washington
|Nationality||Polish / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Walla Walla
(Walla Walla, Washington)
|College||Washington State (2001–2005)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|2016–present||Stelmet Zielona Góra|
|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.
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 runners-up 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. 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, but was later waived. Then he played for Power Electronics Valencia for whom he signed after being waived from the Los Angeles Lakers. 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. 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. He left Valencia in June 2013. On September 29, 2013, he signed a two-month contract with Laboral Kutxa. After the contract expired he left the team.
On August 8, 2016, Kelati signed with Stelmet Zielona Góra.
- PLK Most Valuable Player (1): 2006–07
- Sport24.gr Olympiacos signs Kelati. (in Greek)
- OLYMPIACOS signs Thomas Kelati.
- LAKERS SIGN THOMAS KELATI.
- Lakers Waive Thomas Kelati
- BC Khimki adds Thomas Kelati
- VALENCIA BASKET brings back Kelati
- Thomas Kelati leaves Valencia
- "LABORAL KUTXA adds Kelati for two months". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- Thomas Kelati leaves Laboral Kutxa
- Thomas Kelati signs with UCAM Murcia
- Thomas Kelati extends with UCAM Murcia until 2016