Due to its academic prestige, Ivy League programs always have a fighting chance against power five schools. On Monday, a big domino fell for Yale, who picked up a commitment from Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy 2018 small forward Isaiah Kelly. 

“I just felt like it was the right fit for me,” Kelly told NY2LA Sports. “It was very similar to my high school. I really connected with their players and staff.”

Kelly took an official visit to Yale over the weekend. In addition to his Ivy League options, Kelly also picked up offers from Iowa State, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Memphis, Rutgers, and more.

“The more I sat down and thought about it, basketball isn’t forever,” he said. “I wanted to set myself up for the next 40 years rather than five or 10.”

Kelly also took an official visit to Brown. He was set to see Harvard next weekend, but cancelled the visit.  The 6-foot-6, 200-pound senior told head coach James Jones of his decision. 

“They were really excited,” said Kelly. “I don’t think they thought I would commit on the visit.”

A high-upside, bruising forward, Kelly relies on his strength and athleticism, but has a budding offensive skillset, particularly on the block. The Bulldogs will use Kelly all over the floor at both forward spots. 

“They play a lot of ball screen action,” he said. “They want to create mismatches for me and get smaller guys on me. I can play some power forward and they use that position a good amount.”

Kelly played with Atlanta Express during the travel season.