by Harry Cummins
When 7-footer Kylor Kelley once blocked 17 shots in a game while playing for Gervais High School in Oregon, it was easy to dismiss. A few years later, while playing for former Oregon All-American Luke Jackson at Northwest Christian University, he set a single game record with 10 rejections. It's the NAIA, right?
This morning when NCAA Division 1 basketball fans woke up and checked the national leader board for blocked shots, Kylor Kelley of the Oregon State Beavers was now leading college basketball at its most accomplished level, thanks to a school record 9 blocks this week against Pepperdine.
Kelley is a Junior this year for the (7-3) Beavers, after playing at Lane Community College for a season and a half. He has posted a balanced statistical line this season of 6.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, and his nation leading 4.0 blocked shots per contest, filling a huge gap left by the early departure of Drew Eubanks to the NBA.
A rare afternoon basketball game is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday,Dec 21) in Corvallis when the Beavers take on Kent State at high noon. There is no truth to the rumor that there will be free fly-swatters handed out to the first 1,000 fans!