MANHATTAN — Curtis Kelly made his public debut during the Kansas State basketball team's open practice at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday. And what a debut it was.
The junior transfer, who sat out last season at K-State after spending his early college years at Connecticut, led all scorers with 10 points during a 30-minute scrimmage and looked like one of the Wildcats' best inside players.
What was most impressive about his performance was that those 10 points came consecutively. Midway through the scrimmage he followed a missed shot at the basket with a layup. That gave him confidence, and his offensive game shined from there.
The next time down floor he hit a hook shot, then followed two other missed shots and made another hook shot to lead K-State's gray team to victory.
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Not much was known about Kelly coming into the season. He has always been a promising talent, but he only averaged two points a game at UConn. If Saturday's practice is any indication, he has a chance to make an impact for K-State.
Junior guard Dominique Sutton also looked good, scoring eight points, and junior Jacob Pullen added seven.
Overall, there was a lot of experimentation by the coaching staff and most of the practice was light-hearted. Sutton drew the biggest applause of the morning by throwing down an alley-oop dunk.
Promising freshman Wally Judge made one driving basket, but didn't score again. He came out of the scrimmage late, complaining about taking an elbow to the back.
Senior Denis Clemente pushed the ball at every opportunity and looked good leading the K-State offense.
The scrimmage ended with loud cheers.