By Jeremy McDonald
GERVAIS, Ore.– Patience and hard works pays off.
Kylor Kelley’s patience to live out his dream of play Division-I basketball has finally paid off in fulfilling his dream by committing to Oregon State University for Men’s Basketball.
“It feels amazing, since I started playing basketball I wanted to to play Division-1 Basketball; and to play for OSU which is close to home, which allows my family and friends to watch me play,” said Kelley. “It’s just an amazing opportunity.”
This past season Kelley played and started in 10 games for the Beacons of Northwest Christian University where he averaged 8.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.6 blocks a game; and the experience at playing at the NAIA-level with the Beacons helped Kelley in being familiarized with basketball at the collegiate level.
“Playing for NCU was a great experience, great teammates, great coaches, and playing NAIA against grown men really helped me get mentally tougher and physically stronger,” said Kelley.
As for being a seven-foot-one-inch kid from a small town of Gervais in between Salem and Woodburn, it proves that if you work your tail off, anything is possible.
“It’s a surreal moment, but now I have to work even harder to get to where I need to be. I feel like it’s an example that no matter where you’re from, hard work and patience can take you anywhere,” said Kelley.