January 1, 2009

GoPowercat Q&A: Curtis Kelly

He won't play a minute this season, but junior forward Curtis Kelly is very much a part of Kansas State's basketball future. The former New York high school player of the year will figure heavily into the Wildcats' plans for 2009-2010, and the 6-foot-8 Queens product. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Kelly been forced out of action for this season following his transfer from Connecticut, but he sat down with GoPowercat.com on Thursday in an effort to introduce himself to the K-State fan base.

How did the relationship between you an K-State come to be? I mean, what made you look here after you left UConn?
(Frank Martin) and a few other people reached out to me. I just thought it would be a good transition. Frank had seen me play a lot and knew me from high school. I thought he was trying to build something great here. I really wanted to be a part of that.

You said he saw you play a lot in high school. When and how did you two first meet?
He was a high school coach back then. He saw me at an AAU game or whatever. We shook hands like once. Well, that's what he told me on my recruiting visit. The first time we really met was when I came out here for my visit.

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