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How Kansas State saved Curtis Kelly

Throughout his basketball career at Kansas State, senior forward Curtis Kelly has gone out of his way to thank the university for everything it has helped him achieve.

Since joining the Wildcats in 2008 via a transfer from Connecticut, the former blue-chip high school recruit has gone from bench player to key starter and become the first member of his family to earn a college degree.

There have been more than a few bumps along the way for the New York native, but he is now looking forward to the postseason. Before the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments arrive, though, he will first enjoy senior day at Bramlage Coliseum. It will be a special event for him.

Not only has he enjoyed his time at K-State, he has appreciated it. So much so, that he often credits the school for saving his life. Kelly was asked why he felt that way Thursday evening. His response came straight from the heart.

“From where I come from, it’s hard to survive. From where I come from, a lot of people don’t survive. Where I come from is tough. It’s not some place you just walk into and you walk out of. Where I’m from, you get there and it’s hard to make it out. So coming from where I came from, I made it since I was a young boy. I made it out with a basketball in my hand. (more…)