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Miami Hurricanes sign JUCO transfer James Kelly

 
 
James Kelly signed with the University of Miami on Thursday, April 18, 2013 after transferring from Owens Community College in Findlay, Ohio.
James Kelly signed with the University of Miami on Thursday, April 18, 2013 after transferring from Owens Community College in Findlay, Ohio.
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mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

Thursday turned out to be a pretty good day for the Miami Hurricanes’ basketball team.

Coach Jim Larranaga and athletic director Blake James visited the state capitol building in Tallahassee, where April 18, 2013 was designated University of Miami Hurricanes Men’s Basketball Day in Florida.

That was a treat, but so was seeing junior college transfer James Kelly officially sign his National Letter of Intent.

The 6-7, 240-pound forward from Division II Owens Community College in Findlay, Ohio, is considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com. He averaged 18.3 points and 10.1 rebounds last season and had some highlights dunks that are popular on YouTube.

Kelly also had recruiting interest from Clemson, Louisiana Tech, Marshall and St. Bonaventure. He’s the third player to sign with UM (following Deandre Burnett and Davon Reed) during the early signing period. Running back Corn Elder, who signed a football scholarship with the Hurricanes, is also expected to play basketball next season.

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