Has Appeared In 76 Games In His Career
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Greg Kelley, who will serve as captain of the 2014-15 Yale men's basketball team, likens his new role to that of big brother, which he has been since the age of five.
"I've always tried to set a good example for my little brother, and I think that is crucial at the college level," said Kelley, a Newton, Mass., native who has appeared in 76 games in his Yale career.
Kelley was elected captain on Wednesday night following a team vote at the banquet at the Course At Yale.
"Being elected captain is an honor, and I hope to be a leader who lifts team morale and helps us win basketball games next year," he said.
Kelley has played a key role for the Bulldogs in each of the last three seasons. He arrived at Yale in 2010 but missed the season with an injury. In 2011-12, he appeared in 16 games and shot 55.6 percent from the field. As a sophomore, he started the final 13 games of the season and tied for third on the team with 20 three-pointers. This year as a junior he played in 30 games, hit 20 three-pointers and helped the Bulldogs win 19 games, finish second in the Ivy League and advance to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com postseason Tournament.
"Greg has a strong passion for the game of basketball and his teammates," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "He will do a tremendous job at galvanizing the group."
Kelley will have plenty of support in leading the Bulldogs. There are five other juniors on the roster.
"Next year's senior class is unique because we were given the reins our sophomore year and have been growing together on the court and learning how to be successful," Kelley said. "We all have different personalities and come from different places so it's been a process learning about each other and building chemistry. I want them to be captains too. They deserve it. I hope we will all lead the team together."
Kelley, who was the Massachusetts Division 1 South Player of the Year as a senior at Newton North High School, has had some interesting summer jobs during his time at Yale. In 2011, he sold hats and souvenirs at Fenway Park, which got him free admission Red Sox home games, and last summer he worked for GQ in the creative services department in New York. One of his tasks was helping set up promotional events, including the GQ Gentlemen's Ball. He helped decide which bands would perform at the events, and Robin Thicke was one of the performers he worked with.
This summer, Kelley said he will be starting up a website with friends in Boston.
Of course, there also will be time spent working on his game and preparing for what has the potential to be another very successful season for the Bulldogs.
"I hope everyone challenges themselves over the summer," Kelley said. "Next year in order for us to be successful, everyone needs to put team above self. We need to compete every day in practice, every time we step in the weight room and realize that our success depends on how we prepare."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity