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Former Cal Basketball Star Andre Kelly Transfers to UC Santa Barbara
Kelly is a grad transfer for the Gauchos
Andre Kelly, who had all the options in the world at his disposal after this basketball season and has finally come to a consensus. Kelly could’ve elected to return to Cal, could’ve gone and tested the waters for the NBA draft (he did a little), or enter the transfer portal (he did). Kelly has since transferred to UC Santa Barbara, who was most recently in the NCAA Tournament in 2021. The Gauchos lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer to the #5 Creighton Blue Jays, but have shown a physicality that can translate to any level of competition.
Kelly will hope to get to the big dance for the first time in his career as he joins a Gauchos squad that went 17-11 last season, with the hope that Kelly can take them over the top. Kelly averaged 13.4 PPG and 8.4 RPG so he will be a key piece for UCSB, especially as he continues to develop his jumper. UCSB is in the Big West conference, going up against the likes of Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, and Hawaii in order to get the tournament for next season.
Best of luck to Andre as he continues his basketball career and hopefully we get to root for him in the tournament like we did for Matt Bradley this year!