Skills-wise, I see more of Shavlik Randolph in Kelly's game coming into college. He was a guy who could score with his back to the basket but preferred the face-up game and had very good shooting touch and dribbling skills for a big man.
I think that Kelly will over the next two years develop into a very good player for us. With his height/length, shooting ability, passing ability, and basketball IQ, it's just a matter of getting physically stronger and more ready for the size/strength/speed of major college basketball. I think he'll make a terrific combo with the Plumlees.
The big "if" is whether or not he ever gets strong enough to make it at this level. But the player I could see him developing into (and this is the type of player I had hoped Randolph would become) is a Tom Gugliotta type.
So to answer your four questions:
- I think he'll be the third big (first off the bench) and play15+ mpg next year
- we'll use him primarily as a face-up 4, but we might also play a lot of switching high-low with him and the Plumlees
- If he gets a little stronger, he'll absolutely be a factor
- As I said, Randolph/Gugliotta