Monday, February 23, 2009

Big Ten Player of the Week

Jake Kelly, Iowa
6-6 – Sophomore Guard
Carmel, Ind. - Carmel HS

Jake Kelly earns his first weekly laurel after delivering a clutch performance in Iowa’s dramatic overtime victory over Michigan in the Hawkeye’s only game last week. The Hawkeye sophomore played all 45 minutes in Sunday’s contest and posted 23 points, eight rebounds and nine assists – all career highs. Kelly was also a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. With the game knotted at 56-all after regulation, Kelly scored seven of Iowa’s first nine points in the extra period to give the Hawkeyes a commanding 65-58 lead with 2:17 left to play. With the win, Kelly helped the Hawkeyes improve to 2-0 in overtime this season.

Last Iowa Player of the Week: Cyrus Tate (Feb. 25, 2008)

Here's the release from the Big 10.

1 comment:

  1. Kelly has a chance to be a fantastic player. He's really stepped up as a scorer of late. It's all about consistency. He has struggled to put together several quality performances in a row. His effort against Michigan showed the kind of talent he has. It was remarkable. He nearly recorded a triple-double and played great defense on Manny Harris.

    If Iowa is to make a move in the Big Ten next season, it will have much to do with the progress of Kelly. He and Matt Gatens could be a nightmare duo for opponents in the near future. This is the most excited I've felt about Iowa basketball in at least a couple of years.



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