Kelley sets all-time OSU block record
Kylor Kelley has made history at Oregon State University.
As the Beavers near the mid-point of their Pac-12 schedule, the former Gervais High School basketball player set the all-time record at OSU on his sixth block of the night in last week's game at Stanford.
Kelley finished the game with seven blocks, helping Oregon State (13-9, 3-7 Pac-12) pick up a 68-63 road victory over the Cardinal (16-5, 5-3) and snap a four-game streak of losses.
The Beavers followed with a 69-67 loss at California (10-11, 4-4), where Kelley tallied one more block, bringing his OSU record to 186 swats.
In his senior year at Oregon State, Kelley already owns multiple school records for blocked shots set last year in his first season with the Beavers, including single-season blocked shots (104), blocks in a game (9) and consecutive games with multiple blocks (15).
With one month left in the 2019-20 season, Kelley has added several more records to his resume, including last week's all-time school record, which was previously held by former Beaver Eric Moreland.
Moreland played four seasons for Oregon State from 2010-11 through 2013-14, finishing his career with 184 blocks in 89 games.
In his two seasons with the Beavers, Kelley has set the school record in just 53 games, edging him ahead of Moreland and Scott Haskin (172) for the OSU lead while averaging 3.8 sendbacks per game this year.
Kelley has had a long road up and down the Willamette Valley to get to Oregon State after graduating from Gervais High School in 2015. He was named PacWest Player of the Year his senior year, averaging 15.9 points, 12.4 rebounds, 7.8 blocks and 2.4 assists, and he holds the school record for career blocked shots (329), single-season blocked shots (221) and single-game blocked shots (17).
Kelley went on to play at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, signing with then-coach Luke Jackson, a former University of Oregon standout and NBA lottery draft pick.
Kelley sat out his first season as a medical redshirt at NCU and averaged 8.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game in the 2016-17 season, setting the school's single-game record with 10 blocks.
He transferred to Lane Community College in 2017, averaging 9.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.6 blocks while being selected to the NWAC All-Defensive Team.
Kelley moved on to Oregon State, where his shot-blocking prowess continued at the Division 1 level. He started 25 games his junior year and was selected to the midseason watch list for the Naismith
Defensive Player of the Year award, finishing second in the nation in blocks per game (3.35), another Oregon State record.
Kelley also owns the Beavers record for most blocks (53) in a Pac-12 season, most blocks by a junior (104), most blocks by a senior (83), and most consecutive games with a block (31).
As a senior, Kelley has upped his average even more. His 83 blocks this season out-paces his number from last year, and he is second in the nation in blocks per game (3.8) behind Osasumwen Osaghae (4.1) of Florida International University.
He was once again named to the midseason Defensive Player of the Year team earlier this month.
Kelley's eight blocks last week moved him up from 19th to 15th in the all-time Pac-12 record books. At his current pace, Kelley would finish well inside the top-10 among Pac-12 players by the end of the season. The conference record is held by Jordan Bachynski (314) of Arizona State.
The Beavers' next game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 against No. 11 Oregon (18-5, 7-3).
Oregon State University All-Time Career Blocks
1. Kylor Kelley (2019-20) 187
2. Eric Moreland (2011-14) 184
3. Scott Haskin (1989-93) 172
4. Drew Eubanks (2016-18) 163
5. Devon Collier (2011-14) 134
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