At Stuart W. Cramer high school in Belmont, North Carolina, a rising junior is looking to continue his impressive play from last season into this summer.  2022 6’3 Will Kelly posted numbers of 22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals per game last season but he isn’t settling for where his game is and wants to continue to get better in areas.

“I think I could have done better on the defensive side of the ball and I could have done better with my turnovers and creating for my team,” he told Phenom Hoops.

Always putting in the work, Kelly brings a lot of intrigue with his game.  He has a lethal jumper from multiple areas on the court, shows the ability to draw contact and get to the line, he creates space for himself to get his shot off and plays with an unselfish attitude on the court.

Phenom Hoops recently spoke with coach Brad Sloan, and he had this to say about Kelly.

“I have been a head coach for 21 years, have coached players who have gone on to play at various levels after high school (Juco to D1), and honestly feel that Will is the toughest and hardest working player I have ever coached.  He has excellent court vision and plays fast and physical.  Will has good size at 6’3, 175lbs, and only just turned 16 years old.  He is well advanced beyond his years in his basketball knowledge and coachability.  Will always maintains eye contact when being spoken too, never questions coaching, and is thick-skinned.  In addition to being a pleasure to coach Will also has leadership that is rare.  He commands respect from his teammates due to his work ethic and his willingness to sacrifice his body for the team.  Will skips lunch daily to come to the gym to work on his game and routinely stays after practice (sometimes up to 1 1/2 hours) to get in extra work.  Will also is one of the most intelligent athletes you will meet and has a 4.25 GPA to prove it.  I can’t say enough good things about this young man!”

He is just another name to start tracking and watching this summer in a loaded 2022 class for North Carolina.

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