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Curtis Kelly
24  Curtis Kelly
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bronx, N.Y.

High School:
Rice

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 239

Position:
Forward

Experience:
1L

03/17/2011

MBB vs. No. 19 Utah State - 3/17/11

AP photos from today's game

Milestones: Finished in the Top 10 in two career categories in school history, ranking third in blocked shots (107) and fifth in field goal percentage (55.1).... Averaged 11.1 points on 55.1 percent shooting in his two-year Wildcat career with 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 assists per game.

As A Senior (2010-11): Saw action in 25 games as a senior, missing six games due to a NCAA-mandated suspension at mid-season... Started a total of 22 games, including both games in the NCAA Tournament... Drew starts in the final 17 games of the season... Played 30 or more minutes in eight games, including a season-high 38 against Wisconsin (3/19/11) in the NCAA Tournament... Averaged 10.5 points on 53.2 percent shooting (108-of-203), including 100 percent (1-of-1) from 3-point range, with 5.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game... Connected on 53.5 percent (46-of-86) from the free throw line... Ranked in the top 5 in five categories, including second in rebounding and blocks, third in scoring and minutes per game and fifth in assists... Posted two double-doubles on the year, including a 15-point, 11-rebound effort in a loss at Texas A&M (1/22/11) and an 18-point, 10-rebound performance against Colorado (3/10/11) in the quarterfinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship... Almost posted a triple-double against the Aggies, adding six blocks to his 15 points and 11 rebounds on the day... The six blocks are the most by an individual in a conference game in school history, while it ties for the second-most in all games... Totaled six double-doubles in his career... Led the team in scoring three times, including a season-best 19 points against No. 1/1 Duke (11/23/10) in the CBE Classic Championship game at the Sprint Center in Kansas City... Went 8-of-11 from the floor against the Blue Devils with six rebounds... Scored in double figures 15 times, including six consecutive games to end the season... Also tallied 10 double-digit contests in Big 12 play... Led the team in rebounding on nine occasions, including a career-tying against No. 11/10 Texas A&M (1/22/11)... Twice did he grab double-digit rebounds... Had at least one block in 14 games, including two or more on four occasions... Started 14 Big 12 games, averaging 25.4 minutes per game... Missed the first two games due to suspension... Averaged 9.8 points on 54.6 percent shooting 59-of-108), including 100 percent (1-of-1) from 3-point range, in Big 12 play with a team-high 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 assists in 25.4 per game... Connected on a 51.4 percent (18-of-35) from the free throw line in conference games... Ranked in the Top 15 in three categories in Big 12-only play, including third in blocks, 14th in offensive rebounds and 17th in rebounding... Led the team in two categories in league-only games, including rebounding and offensive rebounds, while he was second in blocks and third in scoring, field goals, field goal percentage, defensive rebounds and total rebounds... Averaged 13 points on 43.5 percent shooting (10-of-23) in NCAA Tournament play with 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in team-best 37 minutes per game... Paced the squad in rebounding in tournament play, while he was second in scoring... Ended the season with double-figure scoring in six consecutive games, in which, he connected on 57 percent from the field... Had a near double-double against No. 16/13 Wisconsin (3/19/11) in the NCAA Tournament with 11 points and nine rebounds in a season-best 38 minutes played... Posted 15 points in the second-round win over No. 19/17 Utah State (3/17/11) to go with six rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes... Notched a double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds) vs. Colorado (3/10/11) at Big 12 Championship... Chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds vs. Iowa State (3/5/11) in the home finale at Bramlage Coliseum... Came through with a big evening in the win vs. No. 7/7 Texas on ESPN's Big Monday with 15 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in 31 minutes... Added 15 points in a win over 20/21 Missouri on 7-of-9 field goals with six rebounds and two blocks... Earned 16 points in a home victory over Nebraska (2/2/11) to go with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block... Followed his near triple-double against Texas A&M (1/22/11) with 13 points vs. Baylor (1/24/11) with seven rebounds and three steals... Returned from his six-game suspension to tally 12 points, five rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes against Texas Tech (1/15/11)... Posted double figures in three straight games from Dec. 3-11, including back-to-back 15-point efforts in a win at Washington State (12/3/10) and at home vs. Alcorn State (12/6/10)... Blocked at least two shots in each game during three-game stretch... Tied season-high with three steals against Cougars... Chipped in 13 points vs. Texas Southern (11/26/10) with five rebounds and four assists in just 20 minutes... Collected a season-best 19 points vs. No. 1/1 Duke (11/23/10) at CBE Classic Championship game to go with six rebounds in 25 minutes... Selected to the preseason All-Big 12 team by the league coaches... Coached by Frank Martin.

As A Junior (2009-10): Started all 37 games as a junior... Joined teammates Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen to set the school's single season record for games played (37) and started (37)... Registered double-digit minutes in 35 of 37 games, including 12 times playing 30 or more minutes... Played a career-high 43 minutes in the dramatic double-overtime win over No. 25 Xavier (3/25) in the West Regional Semifinal... Named to the All-Newcomer Team as selected by media members who cover the Big 12... Averaged 11.5 points on a team-best 56.5 percent shooting (152-of-269) with 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.6 assists in 25.4 minutes per game... Connected on 66.7 percent (122-of-183) from the free throw line... Ranked among the Top 5 in 12 categories, including first in double-doubles (four), field goal percentage, rebounding, offensive rebounds (93), defensive rebounds (137) and blocked shots... Also placed second in free throws, third in scoring, field goals and field goals attempted and fourth in assists... Scored in all 37 games, including 25 double-digit efforts... Led the team in scoring twice with a season-high 22 points in the opener vs. Loyola Chicago (11/13) and 18 points vs. Ole Miss (11/20)... Posted a Big 12-high 19 points vs. Iowa State (3/6)... Notched a team-best four double-doubles, including 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. Missouri (2/27), 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. Colorado (2/13), 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. IUPUI (11/28) and 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Ole Miss (11/20)... Grabbed 10 or more rebounds five times, including a season-best 11 vs. IUPUI (11/28) and Colorado (2/13)... Led in rebounding on 10 occasions, including four times in Big 12 play... Ranked in the Top 15 in three Big 12 categories, including third in blocked shots, 10th in offensive rebounds and 14th in rebounding... Set the school's single-season blocked shots record with 74, surpassing the mark held by Gerald Eaker (59; 1995-96) with one block vs. No. 20/21 Baylor (3/12)... Had at least two blocks in 18 games, including a career-best six vs. South Dakota (1/3)... Tied the school mark for blocks in an NCAA Tournament game with five against Xavier (3/25)... Dished out three or more assists in nine games, including a season-high four on six occasions... Had at least one steal in 19 games, including four vs. Iowa State (3/6)... Started all 16 Big 12 games, averaging 24.8 minutes per game... Averaged 11 points on 57.7 percent shooting (64-of-111) in Big 12 play with 6.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.4 assists per game... Connected on 63.2 percent (48-of-76) from the free throw line in conference games... Led the team in field goal percentage, rebounding and blocks, while was second in steals in conference-only games... Started all four NCAA Tournament games, averaging 11 points on 57.7 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 24.8 minutes per game... Led the squad in field goal percentage, rebounding and blocked shots in the NCAA Tournament... Scored in double figures in all four games, including a 21-point effort against Xavier (3/25) in West Regional Semifinal... Went 9-of-17 from the field vs. the Musketeers with a team-high eight rebounds, five blocks and four assists... Also had 15 points vs. North Texas (3/18) and 14 vs. Butler (3/27)... Tallied team-high 10 rebounds against Oklahoma State (3/11) in the Big 12 Championship with seven points and three blocks... Posted 19 points vs. Iowa State (3/6) with four steals and three assists in 39 minutes... Scored in double figures in eight consecutive games from Jan. 30 to Feb. 27... Totaled a double-double vs. Missouri (2/27) with 10 points and 10 rebounds... Notched 12 points and eight rebounds in a win at Texas Tech (2/23)... Had 14 points at Oklahoma (2/20) with seven boards... Earned a double-double vs. Colorado (2/13)... Was stellar all-around vs. Oklahoma State (1/23) with 13 points, seven rebounds, five blocks, four assists and three steals in 35 minutes... Played a major role in the Wildcats' first win over a top-ranked team since 1994 with 17 points and eight rebounds vs. No. 1/1 Texas (1/18)... Tallied 15 points vs. South Dakota (1/3) with six rebounds, six blocks, four assists and three steals... Chipped in 17 points vs. Cleveland State (12/29) on a season-best 9-of-12 shooting from the free throw line... Had a near double-double vs. Xavier (12/8) with 15 points and nine rebounds... Posted a double-double vs. IUPUI (11/28) with 11 points and 11 rebounds... Totaled first career double-double vs. Ole Miss (11/20) with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tip-off... Notched a near double-double vs. Boston (11/19) with 12 points and nine rebounds, also in Puerto Rico... Scored a season-high 22 points in his first career game as a Wildcat vs. Loyola Chicago (11/13) on 9-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks... Coached by Frank Martin.

At Connecticut (2006-08): A two-year letterman at University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. ... Helped the Huskies to a two-year record of 41-23, including a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007-08... Saw action in 51 games, including one start, during his stint... Averaged 2.4 points on 50 percent shooting (47-of-94) with 2.2 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 8.5 minutes per game in two years... Helped the team to a 24-9 overall record and a 13-5 mark in BIG EAST play as a sophomore in 2007-08... Saw action in 24 games with one start... Averaged 2.0 points on 42.5 percent shooting (17-of-40) with 1.8 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game... Missed the last six games of the season, including the NCAA Tournament game against San Diego, due to a dislocated left elbow... Scored in double figures once, posting a season-high 13 points against Morgan State (11/7/07) in the season opener in 23 minutes... Went a career-best 7-of-7 from the free throw line... Tallied eight points against Northeastern (12/6/07) in eight minutes... Had nine points against Buffalo (11/8) to go with two blocks... Helped the team to a 17-14 overall record and a 6-10 mark in BIG EAST play as a freshman in 2006-07... Saw action in 27 games, all in a reserve role... Averaged 2.7 points on 55.6 percent shooting (30-of-54) with 2.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 9.3 minutes per game... Scored in double figures once, posting a season-high 14 points against Coppin State (12/27/06)... Went 7-of-7 from the field in the contest in just 14 minutes... Collected seven points against Syracuse (3/7/07) on perfect 3-of-3 shooting in the BIG EAST Tournament... Tallied nine points in a win against Rutgers (2/21/07)... Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds against Marquette (1/10/07) to go with eight points in a season-best 22 minutes of action... Totaled eight points and six rebounds against Central Arkansas (11/17/06) in 18 minutes... Coached by Jim Calhoun.

High school: A four-year letterman at Rice High School in New York City, N.Y. ... Led the Raiders to a 19-7 overall record and the city and state Catholic school championships as a senior in 2005-06... Named the New York Post and New York Daily News Player of the Year as a senior... Averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 2005-06... Selected to the All-City team and the Hall of Fame game... Named to the Super 6 Showcase most valuable player... Played in the 2006 Jordan All-American Classic at Madison Square Garden... Averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as a junior in 2004-05... Garnered recognition to the All-City team... Selected an All-Star at the 2004 ABCD Camp... While at Rice, he played alongside former K-State teammate Jordan Henriquez as well as Louisville's Edgar Sosa and UConn's Kemba Walker... Coached by Maurice Hicks.

Personal: Curtis Ezell Kelly was born April 11, 1988 in Bronx, N.Y. ... Parents are Curtis Tartt and Tamatha Kelly... Has a brother, Timothy... Received interest from a number of schools upon transferring from Connecticut, including Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma State and Xavier... Received scholarship offers from St. John's, Texas, North Carolina, Syracuse and Villanova out of high school...Graduated from K-State with a degree in social science in July put work towards a second undergraduate degree.

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