Wilbur Cross will finally honor Earl Kelley’s basketball greatness

(WTNH)–One of UConn’s all-time greatest players is New Haven’s Earl Kelley. As a high school standout at Wilbur Cross in New Haven, there was nothing he could do wrong on the court. During his senior year for the Governors, Kelley led the nation in scoring with 39.5 points per game. It led to a scholarship to UConn, where he continued to dazzle with a basketball in his hand.

Off the court was another story. Kelley got caught up in the drug, alcohol and gun world, and that landed him in prison for five years. He’s spent over a decade paying his debt to society, mentoring kids in the New Haven area and doing some motivational speaking.

Now, 30 years after graduating from Cross, the school has finally decided to welcome him into its Hall of Fame in April.

“I was never no bitter type of individual, I just felt as though timing is everything,” Kelley said. “I like to think that I did the school proud during my tenure there, and I’d like to think that I still do the school proud.”

“I try to give back as much as possible. I try to give myself, to be a little more selfless than selfish,” Kelley said.

As a Wilbur Cross senior, Kelley averaged 39.5 points per game. He was offered 75 Division 1 scholarship offers, before settling on UConn, where he became one of the greatest Huskies in history.

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