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Nicknamed the King at the age of 17, Coleman was considered by University of Kentucky's Adolph Rupp to be the greatest high school player of all time. This was in an era when Oscar Robertson and Jerry West were budding as legends.

Coleman averaged 46.8 points per game during his 1955-56 high school season and received a good deal of recruiting interest. He was banned from playing ball at West Virginia University after the NCAA was tipped of by Kentucky that Coleman received major gifts, including the use of a car, clothes and money.

He moved on to play for Kentucky Wesleyan after a short stint at Eastern Kentucky and a steel mill job in between. Coleman was drafted by the Knicks, but had little to no interest in the NBA due to the almost non-existent pay.

The legend of the King has followed him throughout life and is detailed the 2005 book by author Gary P. West entitled, King Kelly Coleman.

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

FT%

RPG

APG

PPG

1956-57 Eastern Kentucky FR.

Left School Before Season

1957-58 Kentucky Wesleyan

24

39.5

60.7

12.3

N/A

26.6

1958-59 Kentucky Wesleyan

23

40.3

60.4

11.6

N/A

25.7

1959-60 Kentucky Wesleyan

28

40.3

69.2

12.3

N/A

30.3

NAIA Totals

75

40.0

63.7

12.1

N/A

27.7


 

 

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0 #5 Doug 2012-01-30 13:40
Sorry, but when "King" Kelly was matched against Oscar Robertson in the Indiana-Kentucky high school all-star games (they played two), Oscar scored 34 and 41 points while holding "King" Kelly to 17 in the first game and a paltry 4 points in the second game on 1-for-9 shooting. (Indiana won both games easily.)

If Coleman's performances are symbolic of the greatest high school player in history, then what does that make Oscar Robertson? And shall we compare college and professional careers? Don't think so.

In the words of Jim Rome: "SCOREBOARD."
 
 
0 #4 denny 2012-01-05 04:12
The guy shot only 40% from the field, don't think that adds up to best ever. 50% was the bench mark until the 90's when Iverson came along and just gunned 39% fg avg, and was praised.
 
 
+2 #3 mike caton 2011-05-09 10:10
What happened when Coleman was guarded by Oscar in the annual Ind./Ky. all star game?
 
 
+2 #2 Jim Salyer 2010-04-26 21:23
I played against Kelley in 1956 for Elkhorn City and did good before breaking my arm early in the third quarter. He was amazing, but he only scored thirty-six points.
 
 
+2 #1 paul schumacher 2008-12-04 08:40
Kelly Coleman was without a doubt in my mind the greatest basketball player ever to play ball in a high school gym.
 

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