Kelly to Transfer; Cowboys Get Verbal from CSI Shooting Forward
Cowboy guard Cody Kelley is looking at the future, beyond the basketball court.
Kelley, who will graduate in May with a degree in kinesiology and health promotion, said he will transfer to a school where he can pursue a graduate degree and also play basketball.
"After giving this decision a great deal of thought, I feel this is the best decision for myself moving forward," Kelley said in a statement released by the University. "When the ball stops bouncing I want to have pursued a graduate program specific to my career goals. I want to have the opportunity to pursue an academic program that fits my specific career goals while continuing to play basketball."
The native of Gillette added, "I will be a Cowboy for life and keep Wyoming in my heart."
A walk-on with two years of eligibility remaining, Kelly was awarded a scholarship for the past season, and offered one for the next two years, but felt it was important to move to a school that would have a better focus on his graduate school plans.
"Cody has done a great job representing the State of Wyoming along with this institution and program,"said coach Allen Edwards. "Cody has personal dreams and goals, both academically and athletically, that are best for his future, and we wish him the best in all his endeavors.”
While he was the Cowboys primary point guard as a sophomore there will be increased competition for that role next fall, and his playing time would have likely been reduced.
The Cowboys do have eight scholarships available. In addition to Kelley, forwards Andrew Moemeka and Buddah Jones, and freshman Anthony Mack have announced decisions to transfer, and Hayden Dalton, Alan Herndon, Louis Adams and Alex Aka Gorski were seniors in 2017-18 season. Walkon Sam Averbuck, who will graduate next month, also is expected to transfer.
With Trevor Taylor, a 6-6, 185-pound shooting forward from Hillcrest Prep in Arizona , signed in the fall, and four known having signed and five other verbals that would leave the Cowboys with three more potential signings.
Bradley Belt, a 6-4, 205-pound point guard from Washington Academy in North Carolina, and his Washington Academy teammate Brandon Porter, a 6-7, 190-pound shooting forward, verbally committed in December.
Jake Hendricks, a 6-5 shooting guard from College of Southern Idaho, made it known on twitter this week that he has committed to Wyoming. Hendricks averaged 12.7 points an 3.8 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagles, who finished runner-up in the NJCAA championship tournament, losing the title game 98-95 to South Plains College.
The Cowboys also are known to have a verbal commitment from shooting guard Tariq Johnson, of Mt.Zion Prep (Maryland).
At 5-11, Kelley is undersized for the competition, but made up for that with his determination and desire. He played in 33 games as a sophomore, starting 23, and averaged 23.2 minutes per game, fourth on the team behind Justin James, Hayden Dalton and Alan Herndon.
He averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 assists per game.
"Coach Edwards and the staff are some of my biggest mentors in life and I love and respect them," he said. "I’m very grateful to have learned from the entire staff and really grow as an adult. I feel that I have grown as a person in Laramie and all I can express to the University of Wyoming is my gratitude and being thankful for the three years I had playing in this great state.
At Gillette, Kelley was Wyoming's only two-time Gatorade player-of-the-year winner, earning the award for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. His senior year the Camels were 25-3 and won the Class 4A state title. Kelley led the state in scoring at 24.9 points per game with 4.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He also quarterbacked the Gillette football team.
After his senior year he attended Elev8, a prep school in Florida, before enrolling at the University of Wyoming.