Down in Rock Hill, Phenom Hoops got a chance to watch some impressive showings from players and teams. One player that certainly caught our eyes with his impressive performance was 2022 6’4 Will Kelly from Gaston Christian and it seems that we were the only ones that were impressed.

Kelly was off the charts in his game vs. Cannon, scoring 32 points in the narrow loss, as he did everything he could to keep his team within striking distance for a big win.  In the game, he showcased his well-rounded game but also his aggressive nature in scoring.  He was able to initiate the offense, play well off the ball, and score from the outside, as well as finishing strong at around the basket.  He has tremendous size at 6’4 and has shown that he should be a player to be reckoned with in North Carolina.

“Going into that game, I felt like I had something to prove,” Kelly said about his showing vs. Cannon.  “I feel like I’m the most underrated player in the state, so I wanted to show everyone I can compete with high-level competition and still be the best on the court.  But other than personal goals, as an organization, I wanted to prove that Gaston Christian can compete with any team anywhere.”

So far this season, Kelly has been tremendous with his play, averaging 19.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game at Gaston Christian.  That is backing up a sophomore campaign in which he averaged 20.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.2 steals per game at Stuart Cramer.

When asking him about his game, Kelly would say that he is an all-around player but believes he is an elite scorer on the court.  As far as his improvements, he believes that he has become a more efficient player and his IQ has increased on the court.

His 32-point performance vs. Cannon was just the latest impressive showing and as we said before, we aren’t the only ones taking notice. 

Schools like Virginia Tech, Appalachian State, Wofford, Georgia State, Liberty, Charlotte, Yale, UMBC, and Mercer have all expressed interest his way at some point and that list could continue to grow.

Kelly though has proven that he is a player that is quickly rising up the rankings in North Carolina and with college coaches.  And with his interest levels growing, it may be only a matter of time when he receives his first offer.