Student-Athlete Spotlight: Mountain Vista senior sure at shootin’

Reece Kelly’s hard work in gym pays off for team


Reece Kelly is feeling good these days shooting the basketball.

Kelly, a 6-foot-2 senior at Mountain Vista, was scoring at a 20.1 clip in the Golden Eagles' first six Contential League games.

“My team is rolling well on defense and it is leading a lot to our offense. My teammates are finding me open shots and I'm hitting them,” said Kelly. “My shot is doing real well right now so I'm hunting down my shots, but my teammates are finding me.

“If I get my shots, I'm going to take them. I've spent hours upon hours in the gym trying to work on my shot and I feel like I've gotten it to a point that I can shoot when I'm open. If it's not going, sometimes you have those days, but mostly if I keep shooting I'll get out of it. I'm feeling real good right now.

“Basketball has been my passion since I was a kid. I grew up playing it with my dad and family. I just love everything about it, to get in the gym and get to work and perfect your game.”

Key stats

After 17 games, Kelly was averaging 18.1 points overall, 8.6 rebounds, two assists and 1.1 steals per game.


`He has probably surprised a lot of people but not the coaching staff. We had a pretty good idea he was going to be pretty good. I don't know if he was going to get as many rebounds as he is getting.'

Brian Wood,

Mountain Vista boys basketball coach

Q&A with Kelly

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Carmelo Anthony. He was a Denver Nugget and he's always been my favorite athlete.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

I love to compete and go out and I love to beat any opponent that I have. I truly try to be the best. That's a mindset I've gotten from my dad and family.

What would be a perfect performance in basketball?

I just care about wins. As long as we win the game, no matter my impact, I will be happy

What is your favorite class in school and why?

I am a math guy. I'm taking calculus and I feel I'm pretty good at it so that might be a reason why I enjoy it.

What are your plans after high school?

I plan on going to college somewhere depending if I play basketball or not. I'm still undecided on that.

What is your favorite food?

I'm a big sushi guy. My family is a big sushi family. We go out to eat sushi a lot and I love it.

What is your favorite book?

It's an old one, “Where The Red Fern Grows.” I really enjoyed that book as a kid.


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