Deshaun Kelley was already plenty fast physically, but now the Marysville senior is even faster on the court mentally.
“Compared to last year, I was a lot faster with my decisions (in the Vikings’ opening two games), which made it a lot easier,” Kelley said. “And I feel like I was a better leader.”
Marysville won both games, with Kelley scoring 16 points in a victory over Algonac and 18 in a win over St. Clair. For his stellar performances, the senior point guard is Times Herald Athlete of the Week.
“His leadership has come really far. I don’t know if it’s just that junior-to-senior thing, but his leadership has gone above and beyond last year,” Marysville coach Ryan Biewer said. “Just the way he controls the team, the way he handles his mistakes, he’s a true leader.”
While Kelley is the Vikings’ leading scorer, he said he’s not necessarily looking for his shot first. He’s just looking to create.
“I just make a move to get open,” he said. “That gets other people open, or I’ll get open.”
One example was in the final minute of the game against St. Clair, when Kelley drove to the basket and found an open Ross Hinkley in the corner. Hinkley hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 22 seconds left on the clock.
“I was just reading it,” Kelley said. “Whatever happened, happened.”
Because of his ability to get into the lane and find his teammates for scoring opportunities, Biewer said Marysville players have to be ready for a pass at all times.
“It’s extremely hard to stop him,” Biewer said. “We have an adjustment to make, because our guys sometimes don’t know the ball is coming to them. He’s so unselfish, and he can get guys open. We have to be ready to score and have our feet set.”
Marysville’s next test will be one of its biggest, as it travels to Port Huron to face the Big Reds at 7 p.m. today. While Kelley is looking forward to the game, he made it known that he looks forward to every game.
“I feel like it’s any other game, really,” he said. “They have strengths and weaknesses just like any other team. It’s fun, but playing is playing. I want to play the best people because that makes me better.
“As long as we win, I don’t really care who it’s against.”
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