Feb 27, 2013; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga in the first half of a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Basketball: Hurricanes Sign JUCO Transfer James Kelly

On Tuesday, JUCO transfer James Kelly signed his national letter of intent with head coach Jim Larranaga and the Miami Hurricanes, according to ESPN.

The 6-8, 245-pound Kelly attended Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio where he averaged 18.3 points and 10.1 rebounds and led his team to the Division II tournament semifinals last season.

Larranaga continues to bring quality talent into Coral Gables after losing sophomore point guard Shane Larkin to the NBA draft.  Larranaga also saw the loss of seniors’ Durand Scott, Julian Gamble, Trey McKinney-Jones, Reggie Johnson and Kenny Kadji.

The Hurricanes’ added Belgian PG Manu LeComte (signed) and Kansas State transfer Angel Rodriguez (signed).

Following the addition of Kelly, Larranaga told ESPN, “Our recruiting class in the spring has added a lot of versatility and much-needed skills to our program…We have graduated five outstanding seniors and lost Shane Larkin to the NBA draft, so we did have a lot of holes to fill.”

The Hurricanes’ will also welcome Davon Reed (signed) and Deandre Burnett (signed).  2013 football commits Corn Elder and Derrick Griffin also intend on playing basketball.

Kelly is ranked the No. 5 JUCO power forward and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Ohio (247Composite).

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