The Oregon State men’s basketball program may have just added a big piece to next year’s roster. Although it has yet to be officially announced, 7-1 center Kylor Kelley tweeted last night that he’s committed to played basketball in 2017 at Oregon State University.
Oregon State was known to be in on Kelley, and Wayne Tinkle has said he is looking to add at least one ‘big’ to the roster, so this would not be an unexpected development.
Kelley played the 2016-2017 season at Northwest Christian University, averaging 8.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and an eye-popping 5.6 blocks per game in 10 games as a freshman at the NAIA powerhouse. He even got a taste of Pac-12 play last November, when Northwest Christian took on the Oregon Ducks. Although the game didn’t go well for NCU, Kelley turned a few heads with a 10 points, 6 rebound, 2 block performance. According to NCU head coach Luke Jackson (yes, that Luke Jackson), Kelley is an athletic big who can run the floor with a jump shot that can extend out to 18 feet.
Although Kelley played NCU, he will technically be transferring from Lane Community College, where he has been completing some coursework.
Kylor played his high school ball at Gervais High School in tiny Gervais, OR, where as a senior during the 2014-2015 season, he nearly averaged a triple double with 15.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 7.6 blocks per game.
Given that Kelley is not transferring from an NCAA school, he will be eligible to play sometime during the 2017-2018 season—more specifically, one year from his last appearance from NCU.
With Drew Eubanks, Tres Tinkle, and Stephen Thompson Jr. back and newcomers like Ethan Thompson available, Kelley joins an Oregon State roster that is looking increasingly formidable. Once he’s available, he will have two years and change of eligibility remaining at Oregon State, and will represent a boost to the Beavers’ frontcourt depth going into next year as a possible partner-in-the-paint for Gligorije Rakocevic and Eubanks.
Welcome, Kylor Kelley, and—as always—Go Beavs!