This past season, Nick Kellogg led Columbus DeSales High School to the Ohio Division II Final Four before falling to eventual champion Akron St. Vincent-St Mary's in the semifinals. He scored 25 points in the loss.
His per game averages during his junior campaign were approximately 17.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Kellogg told RedHawk Insider he shot nearly 50% from the field and over 40% from behind the arc.
Despite the loss of four seniors, Kellogg believes DeSales will again be formidable in 2010. Kellogg said, "Losing four seniors is going to really hurt us, but we have a solid group returning."
Kellogg will no longer run with CBIZ on the AAU circuit this summer. Instead, he will participate in individual workouts two to three times per week. Then in late spring or early summer, he will begin play with the Ohio Basketball Club (OBC). OBC is the same organization that produced current Miami signee Orlando Williams.
Although known as a point guard, Kellogg (6'2", 205 pounds) says he is more versatile. Kellogg explains, "Dad looks at me as a combo. I can run the point but also be the go to guy. It depends on the matchup. I am a floor general. If scoring is needed to win, I have the ability to do that."
Kellogg's dad is someone who would know talent. As a former Ohio State and NBA great, Clark Kellogg now is the primary CBS college basketball analyst. Clark recently worked the NCAA Championship game Monday night between North Carolina and Michigan State.
Nick Kellogg also has successful siblings as well. Sister Talisa Kellogg just finished her senior season on a volleyball scholarship at Georgia Tech. Brother Alex Kellogg, a 6'7 power forward, just finished his sophomore season playing basketball at Providence and is currently looking to transfer (see below).
A player Kellogg likens himself to is Ty Lawson of the national champions, North Carolina, in that both are strong and quick.
Kellogg does not have any leaders. Kellogg said, "At this point, all are even. Nothing jumps up without having taken any visits." Kellogg does plan to take visits to Ohio, Dayton, and Iowa in the near future.
Of the schools he is hearing from, Kellogg singled out the coaching staffs of two MAC schools specifically. "I really like (Ohio Head Coach John) Groce. I like him a lot," said Kellogg, "I also talk to the assistants at Miami."
Kellogg is looking for a school where he can play close to home. Kellogg added, "If I have to go a state over that would be okay if it is a big school." Kellogg also is looking for a situation where he can get solid minutes as a freshman and have a good relationship with the staff and players. Finally, Kellogg wants to go to a good academic school.
He has no plans to commit to a school anytime soon and is undecided on what he would like to major in when he gets to college.
Like most student-athletes being recruited by Miami, Kellogg is an excellent in the classroom. Kellogg maintains a near perfect G.P.A. of 3.9. He is currently waiting on his ACT results.
Despite having the obvious basketball familiar ties, Kellogg also excels in soccer. Kellogg said, "I have been playing a while now." Despite the reputation of being a stellar soccer player, Kellogg maintains that in college he will definitely play hoops.
POTENTIAL DESTINATIONS FOR BROTHER ALEX KELLOGG
RedHawk fans may remember that Miami had offered Nick's brother Alex Kellogg a scholarship in 2007 while Alex was in high school. It appears Miami still is very interested in the elder Kellogg. But just like in the battle for Nick's services, it appears Miami will be fighting the Bobcats for Alex as well.
RedHawk Insider asked Nick Kellogg about brother Alex's plans now that he is leaving Providence College. He said, "He is thinking about Ohio University and Miami. Coach Groce is coming to the house. Ohio has a place for him and Alex likes them. Ohio would be a strong contender for Alex."
Nick Kellogg indicated that where Alex goes would influence his own decision on a college. Nick said he enjoyed playing together for one year at DeSales while Nick was a freshman and Alex was a senior. Kellogg added, "It would be really neat to have that experience playing with him again."
Alex Kellogg would have to sit out one year at any NCAA Division I school and have two years of eligibility left after the transfer year.
Stayed tuned to RedHawk Insider as we follow Nick and Alex Kellogg in the future.