CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Head Coach Jim Christian announced that Rich Kelly and Frederick Scott will continue their academic and athletic endeavors at Boston College.
Kelly and Scott signed their athletic grant-in-aid paperwork and will join the Eagles’ men’s basketball program for the 2020-21 season as graduate transfers. Kelly is scheduled to earn his undergraduate degree from Quinnipiac, while Scott is slated to earn his degree from Rider.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rich and Frederick to our basketball family,” said Christian. “They are two highly-talented, highly-experienced players who play the right way. They will fit in well with our style of play and will help improve our team.”
Kelly, a 6-1, 175 lb. guard comes to the Heights after playing three seasons at Quinnipiac. This past season, he averaged 16.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game in 30 starts. He made 82 3-pointers, making just under 40% of his attempts from beyond the arc. Kelly is one of 20 players nationally to make at least 80 3-pointers at a 39% clip or better.
The Shelton, Conn. native also connected on close to 90% of his attempts from the free-throw line (98-110) and posted a 1.56:1 assist/turnover ratio (134:86). He scored in double figures in 25 games, with a season-high 36 points against New Hampshire on Dec. 7. He logged a career-best of 40 points at Fairfield on Feb. 17, 2018.
For his career, Kelly has totaled 1,210 points – including 196 3-point field goals-and 407 assists. He has made 38.7% of his 3-point attempts and 84.1% from the charity stripe in his 89-game career. He earned Second Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and MAAC All-Academic honors in each of his past two seasons with the Bobcats. As a freshman, Kelly was a MAAC All-Rookie team selection. He played as a prep at Montverde Academy in Florida, Fairfield Prep in Fairfield, Conn., and Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Conn.
“Rich is an efficient playmaker, an underrated scorer, and one of the elite shooters in college basketball,” Christian added. “He will be able to step in and contribute at both guard spots for us.”
Scott, a 6-8, 230 lb. forward, spent his previous three seasons at Rider. This past season, Scott logged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 30 games. He reached double-digits in the scoring column on 20 occasions – the Broncs were 16-4 in those contests.
The Munster, Ind. native shot close to 47% from the floor (130-278) and 40% from 3-point land (40-100) during the 2019-20 campaign, finishing as one of eight players 6-8 or taller to make at least 40 3-pointers at a 40% clip or better.
This past season, Scott logged five games with at least 20 points, including a pair of 25-point performances vs. Vermont and at Manhattan. He scored at least 20 points in all four of his double-doubles in 2019-20. He earned All-MAAC Third Team honors in each of his previous three seasons at Rider. Scott was the MAAC’s Sixth Man of the Year award winner in 2017-18.
In his 96-game career, Scott has totaled 1,150 points, 539 rebounds, 110 assists, 64 steals, and 27 blocks. He has registered career averages of 12.0 points, 5.6 rebounds (1.6 ORPG), and 1.1 assists while totaling 13 double-doubles. From the floor, Scott is connecting on just under 49% from the floor (397-818) and 39% from the perimeter (100-259) – and an effective FG% mark of 54.6%. He has scored in double-digits in 63 of his 96 games. Scott began his college career at DePaul before transferring to Rider. He played prep basketball at powers Oak Hill Academy and Simeon in Chicago.
“Frederick can affect the game inside and out, scoring at the rim and beyond the arc. He is also tough to keep off the glass, especially on the offensive end, and that will complement our roster greatly,” Christian added.