Cal basketball received a commitment from power forward Andre Kelly over the weekend, bringing their class of 2018 total to three. Kelley is ranked 54th at his position and 27th in the state of California.
2018 Forward Andre Kelly has committed to CAL on his official visit today! Congrats to the Kelly Family and @CalMBBall #TeamArsenal pic.twitter.com/fzByDXNSBS
— TEAM ARSENAL (@ArsenalAAU) September 4, 2017
The Stockton, California native chose Cal over offers from Nevada, Washington State, Santa Clara, Iowa State, and others. Despite his large 6’8”, 235-pound frame, Kelly has excellent ball handling skills and is comfortable playing point forward.
In his junior year of high school, Kelly averaged 24.1 points, 15.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.9 blocks, while shooting 63% from the field. The big man also shot 72% from the line. The only troubling aspect of his game come from behind the three point arc, where he shot just 3-23 (13%). If he can develop his outside game, he could become a real threat in the Cal lineup.
Regardless of his 3-point shooting abilities, Kelly will have the chance to make an impact right away at Cal. After the departure of Ivan Rabb, Cal lacks any real inside presence. Along with a weak 2017 front court class, Kelly will have little competition at the power forward position.
Kelly joins four-star guards Jacobi Gordon and Matt Bradley in the class of 2018. Gordon (ranked 89th in the class) and Bradley (97th) are Cal’s most talented recruits in the Wyking Jones era and will be a big part of the program’s rebuild.
An Update on Jordan Brown
Jordan Brown, Cal’s most highly touted target in the class of 2018, has still yet to make a decision, but considers Cal to be one of his top choices. Cal’s biggest competition for the 6’10” center is Gonzaga, Nevada, Oregon, and UCLA.
Brown, ranked 30th in the class, has fallen considerably from his original top10 ranking, but is still premier talent. A commitment from Brown would raise Cal’s class ranking considerably, and put them back into contention in the Pac-12.