Mississippi forward chooses GSU, prep school

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Georgia State men’s basketball coach Rod Barnes is making his former state pay off.

The former Ole Miss coach is expected to sign Emery Kelly, a 6-foot-6 forward from Provine High in Jackson, Miss., though Todd Kelly of the Clarion-Ledger (no apparent relation) is reporting that the player likely will attend prep school first.

If so, Kelly would follow a similar path to Rashanti Harris, a 6-9, 240-pound center who spent this past year at North Carolina’s Patterson School in the hopes of meeting NCAA eligibility requirements. Harris signed with GSU last November and his coach, Chris Chaney, said “it’s going to be close” as to whether Harris will be ready in time to contribute to the Panthers in 2009-10.

Kelly averaged 16 points and six rebounds this past season, though Provine came one point shy of winning its third consecutive state championship.

8 comments Add your comment


May 11th, 2009
4:43 pm

I always think that by ‘GSU’ you guys mean Georgia Southern. And then I read GA State and disregard. You guys at the paper are aware that clearly no one cares about Georgia State athletics, don’t you?

G State Ben

May 11th, 2009
4:47 pm

Everyone is wrong. Don’t let facts get in the way of your comment. Who exactly cares about Fake GSU? Go back to counting chickens farmer boy.

A little history lesson:

Georgia State –
In 1961, other programs at the school had grown large enough that the name was shortened to “Georgia State College.” It became Georgia State University in 1969.

Georgia Southern –
In 1959, the school became known as Georgia Southern College when it became a senior college within the University System of Georgia. In 1968, the college received the authority to reorganize into separate schools of arts and science, education, and business. In 1990, the school was granted university status and became the first regional university in the University System of Georgia.

There is no debate.

Everyone Else

May 12th, 2009
11:16 am

Why would anyone who lives north of Macon care about Georgia Southern? I mean, seriously. It’s a third-grade school whose football team is about to get overshadowed by the new D-IAA big boy in town, Georgia State, or as EVERYONE knows it, the Real GSU.


May 12th, 2009
5:12 pm

Who cares about Georgia Southern? Georgia State actually educates their students, is one of the top Urban Research Universities, and once this football team gets going next year, will quickly surpass Southern in all catagories. Southern quickly fell off the map when their football team did.


May 12th, 2009
8:06 pm

I hate to get in the way kiddies, but those of us who went to actual universities like Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and Alabama really could care less which one of you is the “real” GSU. I hate to be the one to break the news, but both of your schools’ sports programs are relatively insignificant.


May 13th, 2009
9:08 am

Terry’98-stick to your own discussions


May 13th, 2009
8:56 pm

Oh no Terry98, I’m soooo scared! Actual universities? Are you really that retarded? Go look up which school has more Fortune 500 executives than GT, UGA and Emory combined. I’ll give you the answer there genius, it’s Georgia State.

GSU 2012

June 11th, 2009
10:59 pm

Yes, I believe Georgia State will eventually outstrip Georgia Tech in the near future. For one, we have way more people then they do which gives rise to more talent. And our new football program only helps :)