Norwalk’s Kelley wraps stellar hoops career at Sacred Heart

Evan Kelley, a former basketball star at Norwalk High School, concluded his solid collegiate career for the Sacred Heart University men’s basketball team last month when the Pioneers were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament with a 91-85 overtime loss to Bryant College.

Kelley, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound starting senior guard, averaged 13.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 31.2 minutes per game for the 15-17 Pioneers. He had the second highest scoring average on the team, just behind Cane Broome (14.5 ppg).

Kelley had a strong finish to his career as he averaged 16.8 points in his last five games, highlighted by when he connected on 11 of his 14 field goals while firing in 27 points and he also dished out six assists while leading SHU to a 90-85 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Kelley scored 1,195 points throughout his career at SHU, averaging 10.2 points in 117 games.

In the 2013-14 season he started in 17 of 25 games and tied for the team lead with 12.8 points per game. That included him having a career-high 32 points and eight assists in 43 minutes in a 122-118 double-overtime loss at Holy Cross. It was one year after he played in just two games in the 2012-13 season because of a knee injury.

Kelley averaged 7.3 points per game in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

Kelley a a great career at Norwalk High School. He made the All-FCIAC First Team as a senior in 2009-10 when he averaged 25.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Kelley made the FCIAC All-Central Division Team in 2007-08 and he finished with 1,202 career points for the Bears.

Kelley’s father, Earl, was a star point guard at the University of Connecticut from 1982-86. Earl Kelley was later one of 10 guards selected to UConn’s 25-member All-Century Team.

Sacred Heart’s Evan Kelley in acton. — sacredheartpioneers.com photo