Isaiah Kelly

Isaiah Kelly Takes Flight

Sophomore 6"6 forward Isaiah Kelly is expected to have a major impact on the basketball team's run at a state championship. Photo: 247Sports

Sophomore 6’6″ forward Isaiah Kelly is expected to have a major impact on the Pace basketball team’s run at a state championship. Photo: 247Sports

Newcomer sophomore Isaiah “Ducksauce” Kelly is an individual with numerous hidden talents, ranging from his passion in the culinary arts to his knack for bass fishing. Isaiah professed his love for sneaker collecting in his free time, claiming to own more shoes than his mother and father combined. However, it is his savvy performance on the court that has college coaches across the nation drooling.

Isaiah transferred to Pace this school year from Augusta Christian School in Hephzibah, Georgia. “I came to Pace because my family was relocating due to my dad’s job,” he said. “As a family we looked at several schools, but Pace offers a superior education and we got the sense of family after visiting, so we decided Pace was the best fit for us.”

He has relished the experience thus far, especially the academic rigor. “My teachers are superb and always willing to help, the curriculum is challenging, the cafeteria is much better than my last school and I have met some great people,” he said. Isaiah credits Pace’s challenging curriculum for his improvement in time management skills, and he genuinely values the new relationships formed with the faculty, staff and students.

A standout on the court, Isaiah is ranked as high as the 61st overall prospect nationally and fourth overall prospect in the state of Georgia for the class of 2018. He cites his determination to be a complete player, high basketball IQ and on-court leadership as his best skills. But he is still improving on his shooting and ball handling and intangibles like intensity and mental toughness.

His talents are highly sought after, as he has garnered scholarship offers from prestigious academic institutions such as Xavier University, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University and Alcorn State University. Although he remains uncommitted at this point in the recruiting process, he is seeking specific aspects for his next destination. “I am looking for a college with a great history of student athletes, a challenging academic culture, a diverse student population and a strong basketball tradition,” he said. Remind you of a certain high school?

High expectations surround the Pace basketball program for the upcoming season. Look for Isaiah Kelly to rise up and surpass the challenge.