In our latest interview, Ryan Kelly covered many interesting subjects. Among those subjects were, John Wall's recruitment, Cameron Indoor Stadium, his upcoming game versus Christ School and Mason Plumlee, Coach K and his progression as a player.
It was a big win, beating Greensboro Day who came into the game 10-0 ...
It was a big step for us as a team. Our first seven games were ... I don;t want to say they were pre season but that was a big step in our schedule to come out with a win as we go into Christmas tournaments.
You were a bit off from the outside tonight, but you took it inside in the second half ...
Is that something you did on your own?
You've got to find where you can score with the ball. For me the shots weren't hitting early on outside and in the second half I took it inside and after some success there I moved outside a game. The versatility of my game ... that's something I've worked on as I continue to be able to knock those shots down consistently I'll get better.
Coach Billerman said he talks to the Duke coaches once a week. Have you been or do you stay in contact with the Duke staff? [private]
Yeah, I will talk to them after the games. I'll let them know about my season and talk of how theirs is going. They're doing pretty well ... it was a tough loss (Michigan).
What are your goals for the rest of the season?
Well, one is to win a state championship and we are going to try as hard as we can to win every game. But we are going to try and win a state championship and hopefully in these Christmas tournaments, we'll come out with some championships there. We need to keep out confidence up.
Talking about state champions, there is a team you might run into that you play on the 20th (December) in Christ School. Of course, you will be going up against Mason Plumlee which will be a big thrill for Duke fans. Are you looking forward to the match up?
Yeah. I can't wait, they're considered the best team in 3-A. Hopefully some will consider us to be right there too. They are obviously a heck of a team and we need to show some people something. We have the ability to do that, so I'm looking forward to it. Obviously Mason is a great player and I look forward to matching up against him and his team. So, I can't wait.
Is there a lot of pressure off of you now that you have committed to Duke? Is it cool that you're a Blue Devil and are you glad the process is over?
Yeah, it's really cool. The pressure is off and I don't have people wondering where I will be. At the same time there is pressure to succeed. I need to keep getting better to play at Duke as any high school senior needs to play over at Duke.
Has the staff told you to work on any part of your game?
Yeah ... continue to work on my defense. Tonight I had a big man, but they want me to be able to guard smaller guys out front a guy smaller, a guard. That's what Kyle Singler does well. To continue to get stronger. I need to obviously get stronger in the weight room, but to get stronger with rebounding. I think it's important to keep getting better with what you are good at. You can't just level off.
So, it's safe to say you feel comfortable in most every aspect of the game?
You came out on defense and looked really good in doing so. You play defense really well out front for your size. I was surprised to see how you blanketed some of those guys out front.
I continue to work on it and lateral quickness is something that doesn't come very natural for me. A lot of that comes in thee weight room and working on zig zag drills in practice and we work pretty hard on that. We held them to 40 points and they're an 80 point per game team. So, we did a pretty good job.
You've played with John Wall before in the AAU circuit and heads up during the season. He's a kid Duke is recruiting real hard. Do you ever talk to him or put a bug in his ear?
I haven't talked to him in a little while. I was planning on going to see him, but I have talked to him in a little while. Obviously. he's a heck of a player. He made summer ball so much better for me. He's a great guy and a good athlete and I wish the best for him where he goes.
It's safe to say that you would want to play with him?
Yeah, for sure.
I guess in the end he'll be a tough get ...
He's got a decision to make like I had to make and it's not easy. He's taking his time which is really great for him.
Do you ever talk to some of the prospects who have committed?
I'm focusing a lot on what I'm doing here. Obviously, I ha a lot of time to talk to Mason. That was with USA Basketball. I'm looking forward to playing against him. They are undefeated to, so I will see how it is going for him. I know they are all great guys and I'm looking forward to seeing him there. I get over to Duke as much as I can. It's ... the bright lights come on when you go to Cameron Indoor Stadium whether it's Duke or you are playing for somebody else. You have top get as comfortable as you can there and going in as much as you can is the best way to do that.
What do you think about Coach K?
Aw, I can't wait. He's a great coach, one of the best ever.
Do you want to play in the NBA?
Sure, it's my goal. I think any basketball player should have that goal.
I appreciate your time and we'll see you agains as the season goes on.
Okay! Thanks for coming.