By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.