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Once A Wildcat. . .

by | Jan 15, 2022

Then freshman Kellan Grady shows why he was a Davidson Wildcat favorite.


For four years, Kellan Grady excited Davidson Wildcat fans every time he was on the court.

Unfortunately, Grady wrapped up his Davidson Wildcat career in the midst of COVID. He had been a junior when the pandemic ended the ‘Cats season just as they were heading into post-season tournament play.

As a senior, his games in Belk Arena were largely silent. The only “fans” in the stands were “big head” photos of Wildcat fans that were placed in seats around the lower level of the arena. Wildcat faithful watched games on their computers and occasionally on cable sports networks.

Kellan Grady. . .still a Wildcat.

Davidson’s Men’s Basketball team wrapped up the 2020-21 season 13-9, with an appearance in the opening round of the NIT. It was in that post-season game against the N.C. State Wolfpack that Grady became only the sixth Davidson Wildcat to score 2,000 points.

Kellan Grady’s accomplishment put him in an elite club with Fred Hetzel (2,032), Jack Gibbs (2,036), Peyton Aldridge (2,171), John Gerdy (2,483), and Stephen Curry (2,635).

When the NCAA decided to give COVID-impacted players another year of eligibility, several Davidson scholar-athletes decided to “stay in the game.” Unlike their counterparts at bigger universities, Davidson’ scholar-athletes didn’t have the opportunity to pursue graduate studies.

Kellan Grady opted to transfer to the University of Kentucky. He is using this year to pursue an Undergraduate Certificate in Business and Economics.

And Grady is not sitting on the Kentucky bench, he is starting and averages more than 30 minutes of play in each game. He is Kentucky’s third leading scorer, with 185 points. Not unlike his time in a Davidson uniform, Grady’s shots behind the 3-pt arc are what set him apart from his Kentucky teammates.

Grady has attempted 105 3-pt shots and has made 48 of them – for an average of 45.7%. Two Kentucky teammates are tied with 23 made 3-pt. shots, with one teammate having attempted 56 and the other 60.

Meanwhile, Kentucky’s leading scorer Oscar Tshiebwe – who has scored 281 points – has attempted zero (0) shots from behind the arc. The Grady-Tsheibwe combination on the court keeps opponents on their toes.

The Kentucky Wildcats are 14-3 on the season, and 4-1 in conference play.

Meanwhile, the Davidson Wildcats are 14-2 on the season, and 4-0 in the A-10.

Go ‘Cats!

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