By Rob Ogden
In an exclusive interview with the son of former Ohio State great and current CBS analyst Clark Kellogg, Nick Kellogg talked about why he committed to the Bobcats and what he will bring to the Ohio team next year.
A three-star point guard according to Rivals.com, Kellogg led his St. Francis DeSales team to back-to-back state Final Fours and averaged just under 20 points per game as a senior. Nick’s brother Alex will also become eligible to play for Ohio next season after transferring from Providence.
RO: What were the deciding factors in your decision to commit to Ohio?
NK: First and foremost, it was primarily coach Groce. They were the first to offer me and they showed strong interest. I liked his character and I liked his approach. I felt like he really wanted me.
RO: Did the opportunity to play with your brother make signing with Ohio an easier decision?
NK: Yeah it made it easier. The coaches came to our house and made us feel really comfortable. When they offered me, they mentioned they had an open scholarship and were looking for a transfer.
RO: So you were offerd before Alex decided to transfer?
NK: Yeah, they offered me first.
RO: What attributes do you expect to bring to the team next fall?
NK: I talked to my high school coach and he wants me to be a leader. They’ve got some good guards so I’m not looking for a huge role yet but I want to be a leader and bring energy.
RO: With D.J. Cooper solidifying himself at the point guard position last year, where do you expect to fit in with the team and what do you expect to be your role?
NK: I’ve been playing point guard all through high school expect for my freshman year. I’m comfortabe with the position and I perfer the one, but I can also play the two. Maybe I could play some at both like I did this past year with Adam Griffin (the son of two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin) or I could play a combo guard. I can bring it up or play off the ball.
RO: What’s the biggest part of your game you want to improve on heading into your college career?
NK: I want to be a knock-down shooter. And I want to work on being a more consistent three-point shooter. Instead of shooting in the low-thiry percents from three, maybe I can shoot in the high-thirties to low-forties. I think that would add a lot to my game.
RO: Did you get to see much of the Bobcats during their tournament run, and if so, did that get you excited about the potential for next season?
NK: Absolutely. I didnt get to see the Georgetown game because I was playing in the tournament.
RO: That game was here at OU, correct?
NK: Yeah it was at the Convo against Logan Elm. So I didn’t get to see the game but I saw all the highlights. It really gets me excited. They’ve got a lot of talent coming back with the only senior being Kenneth Van Kempen. Maybe we can win another (Mid-American Conference) championship and make another tounrament run next year.
For more on a star-studded class of Ohio basketball recruits look for interviews with future Bobcats Ricardo Johnson and Ethan Jacobs in the coming days.
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