Massachusetts men’s basketball head coach Matt McCall announced on Wednesday that C.J. Kelly will join the program as a transfer from Albany with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
“Like many of our additions this offseason, CJ brings a high level of maturity to our program,” McCall said. “One the floor, he can score at all three levels, shoots the ball at a high percentage, and can play in the pick and roll. He will also bring length and size to our lineup as well as the versatility to play multiple positions. We’re excited to have CJ join our program.”
During the 2020-21 campaign in Albany, Kelly started all 14 games her played in and led the team averaging 14.3 points per game. Kelly, a 6′5′’, 190-pound guard, averaged nearly 29 minutes per game and shot 48.5% from the floor (65-of-134) and 27-of-65 from three (41.5%).
The Long Island, N.Y. native also averaged 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, and led the team in scoring five times. His best night of the season came at Vermont when he dropped 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor in 36 minutes, along with four assists and an 8-of-9 night from the line. He reached double-figures 11 times in 2020-21, including three games with 20+ points.
Prior to joining the Great Danes, Kelly played one season at Norfolk State in 2018-19. There, he made 31 appearances with seven starts, averaging 4.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game for a Spartan team that went 22-14 and advanced to the second round of the NIT.