With high expactations for herself this season, her final senior season, Horizon High School's gifted 5-foot-9 senior point guard prospect Noelle Kellers will not get the opportunity. Recently, after deciding to transfer schools from Desert Mountain HS to Horizon HS, the AIA ruled her ineligible for her senior season, due to AIA transfer rules.
Since then, Kellers began the appeal process and lost the appeal process, as the AIA ruled that her transfer was for athletic reasons - causing Kellers to now have to sit out her senior season.
I caught up with Kellers today and she advised me that her move to Horizon was due to her mother's job situation, and that she is very upset about the ruling.
"I can't seem to catch a break," said Kellers. "I missed much of my junior season (injury), and I was so excited to play this season. I don't know what I am going to do. So many coaches wanted to see me play this season. This is terrible."
Kellers advised me that she is working very hard in the weight room and that she has added more than 20 pounds of muscle to her frame , and that she is also fully recovered from a recent ankle injury that caused her to miss much of the summer evaluation period.
"I am just going to keep working hard and keep a smaile on my face," said Kellers.
Kellers told me that if she plans to attend Mesa JC, if she does not receive any offers for a four-year college, in hopes that she will land a division-I scholarship in the future. Kellers would like to attend Law School in the future, and has hopes of becoming an attorney.
She is an excellent student with a 4.2 CUM GPA and achieved an 1800 on her SAT.
Kellers is coming off a junior season where she missed some games with an injury, but returned during the season to still lead her team in numerous statistical categories – being selected as her school’s Most Valuable Player for the season. While her team struggled to win ball games last season, Kellers averaged 11.8 points and 2.4 assists per/game. As a sophomore, Kellers also soared for Desert Mountain HS – averaging a team-high 16.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per/game on the season.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: While Kellers is capable of putting up big scoring numbers for herself, she is an excellent floor general with an excellent handle of the basketball and a very quick dribble. She has very good court vision and makes plays with the ball in her hands. She pushes the basketball up the floor at tall times, and puts pressure on the defense. She also has a very good shooting stroke with range – allowing her to keep the defense honest, while also being able to get by defenders and get into the lane. She is a pure point guard prospect that loves to have the basketball in her hands during crucial situations on the floor. Kellers also is a good overall one-on-one defender and has good lateral quickness for herself. More focus defensively will also help her reach her maximum potential as a player. A nice guard prospect that has a strong feel for the game and a high basketball IQ.