Ryan Kelly Named As One Of Si.com’s “Losers” Of The Draft Combine

Mar 29, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Ryan Kelly (34) reacts in the first half during the semifinals of the Midwest regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament against the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

 

Former Duke player Ryan Kelly, has been named one of the draft combine “losers” by Si.com.

Here is an excerpt:

Ryan Kelly, Duke

Kelly’s still-healing, surgically repaired foot kept him out of workouts at the combine, and at least partially explained his 14.8 percent body fat, the highest of any player. “I’m not in shape at all,” Kelly said.

It’s unfortunate: Kelly, a stretch power forward who projects as a second-round pick, could have used a productive combine. Teams would have liked a look at Kelly’s range and consistency with the jump shot and how he matched up physically with other big men during drills.

Kelly told SI.com that he was seven weeks away from being able to work out at full speed, which will prevent teams from bringing him in for individual workouts and could result in his going undrafted.

The word is that Ryan Kelly could go undrafted now. Kelly was projected as a second-round pick. The NBA draft lottery (which will be held tonight) should give us some indication if Kelly will be drafted.

Ryan Kelly has struggled after his surgery, but he’s still a very talented and hard working player. Hopefully Ryan will be able to find a way to make a NBA roster.

Do you guys think Kelly can make some sort of impact in the NBA? Let me know in the comment section.

Topics: Basketball, Duke Blue Devils, Ryan Kelly

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  • Jordan

    Teams can always use shooters. Ryan is a good one. He just needs one team to give him a shot.

    • James Stotts

      My point exactly. He can be a fantastic role player.