Darren Kelly (2000-01)
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Two-year letterwinner at Texas ... natural leader who became the team's heart and soul during his senior campaign ... transferred to Texas from Brown Mackie College prior to his junior season.
As a Senior in 2000-01
Starting shooting guard who earned third-team All-Big 12 honors from the league's media and coaches ... one of 10 players (along with UT's Chris Owens) named to the USBWA All-District 7 team ... NABC District 9 second-team pick ... earned team's Most Valuable Player honors (player vote) ... led the team in assists (76) and minutes (34.6 mpg) and ranked second in scoring (15.3 ppg)and fourth in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and steals (32) ... second-best free throw shooter on the squad (.760) ... practiced with the team but missed the first eight contests of the season, as he did not compete in game action for the Longhorns during the fall semester ... was ruled eligible to play by the school on Dec. 19 (following the conclusion of fall semester final exams) ... started all 26 games following his return to the lineup at Houston (Dec. 20) ... recorded five 20-point performances and two 30-point outings ... became the first Longhorn to record two 30-point efforts in a season since Reggie Freeman had five 30-point performances during the 1996-97 campaign ... reached double-figure scoring in 22 of 26 contests ... produced 23 points, six boards, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes in his first game back at Houston ... followed that with 21 points, five assists, four rebounds and a career-high four steals in the upset of #5 Illinois (Dec. 23) ... named ESPN.com National Player of the Week (Dec. 26) for his performances vs. Houston and Illinois, when he averaged 22.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.5 apg and 3.0 spg ... had 30 points on 7-of-16 FG and 13-of-14 FT in the victory over Utah (Dec. 30) ... earned Big 12 Player of the Week accolades (Jan. 3) for his efforts over a four-game period from the Houston (Dec. 20) game through the Utah contest (Dec. 30) ... recorded a season-high 31 points on 10-of-24 FG in 40 minutes of work at Nebraska (Jan. 13) ... registered 11 points, six boards and a career-high eight assists at Texas A&M (Jan. 17) ... produced 19 points and eight boards in a career-high 43 minutes vs. Baylor (Jan. 20) ... recorded a game-high 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting (3-of-6 threes) to lead the Horns to a come-from-behind win at Colorado (Feb. 7) ... had 18 points on 7-of-12 FG, four rebounds and three assists on Senior Night vs. Missouri (Feb. 26) ... tallied 16 points and seven boards in the Big 12 tourney semifinal victory over Baylor (Mar. 10) ... recorded his first double-double of his Texas career in his final collegiate game, posting 15 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes during the NCAA First Round loss to Temple (Mar. 16).
As a Junior in 1999-00
One of the starters in Texas' three-guard set ... named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer and All-Bench teams ... played in all 33 games ... came off the bench for the first 21 games of the season, before getting the starting nod the last 12 contests ... ranked third on the team in scoring (10.0 ppg) and second in assists (81) ... top three-point shooter on the squad and second best in the conference (.452), including a 50% mark (25-of-50) in Big 12 play ... posted 15 double-figure scoring games, tied for third-best on the squad ... recorded 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting (4-of-4 threes), two assists and two steals in 31 minutes vs. DePaul (Nov. 26) in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Shootout ... registered 13 points, six boards and two assists in 32 minutes vs. Arizona (Dec. 4) ... recorded 18 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 35 minutes vs. San Diego (Dec. 11) ... had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 threes) vs. Baylor (Jan. 6) ... posted 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting (2-of-4 threes), three boards and three assists at Connecticut (Jan. 10) ... registered 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting (3-of-4 threes), five rebounds and two assists at Oklahoma State (Jan. 19) ... recorded four straight double-digit scoring performances from Feb. 12 (at Missouri) to Feb. 22 (at Iowa State) ... had 16 points (3-of-4 threes) and a career-high nine rebounds in 33 minutes at Baylor (Feb. 19) ... posted 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting and four assists at Iowa State (Feb. 22) ... registered a career-best 33 points on 13-of-17 shooting (6-of-8 threes), four boards, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes at Kansas State (Mar. 4) ... set career highs in points, field goals made and three-pointers made, while tying career bests in steals and minutes ... the 33 points marked the most points scored by a Texas player in the Barnes era and the most since Reggie Freeman had 34 vs. Louisville on Jan. 19, 1997 ... one of UT's top players in the two NCAA tourney games, averaging 14.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg while hitting 11-of-21 field goals ... posted a team-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting (3-of-5 threes) and added seven boards and two assists in 36 minutes (tied career high) in the first round win over Indiana State (Mar. 16) ... his .600 three-point percentage marked a school record for highest three-point FG % in a NCAA Tournament game ... had 11 points and eight boards in the second round loss to #10 LSU (Mar. 18).
In Junior College
Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kansas (head coach Francis Flax) ... earned Division II junior college All-America accolades in his sophomore campaign ... starter at shooting guard who averaged 21.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.4 steals per game as a sophomore ... led Brown Mackie to a 28-9 overall record and the Division II JUCO national title, claiming MVP honors at the national tournament ... redshirted the 1997-98 campaign at Brown Mackie.
As a Freshman at Loyola (Md.) in 1996-97
Played for head coach Brian Ellerbe at Loyola College in Baltimore, Md. (Ellerbe is now the head coach at Michigan) ... saw action in 24 of 27 games as a true freshman, averaging 9.7 points (fourth on the team), 3.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game ... shot 37.8% (31-of-82) from three-point range ... first Loyola recruit ever selected to participate in the Nike All-America camp.
Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. (head coach Carroll Holmes) ... averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.0 steals during his senior year ... second-team All-Washington Metro selection as a senior ... posted 16.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his junior season ... honorable mentionAll-Washington Metro choice as a junior ... two-time first-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference pick ...spent time as a math tutor in high school.