After helping Jamestown advance to the Far West Regionals this past March, Branden Kellam will return to play his junior season in the same area where his sophomore campaign ended - Rochester. After moving to Jamestown as a freshman and hooping for two seasons with the Red Raiders, Kellam returns to Rochester where his mother lives.
While the Section V landing spot for Kellam is unofficial at this moment, his response to me via twitter message indicated he'd play for AQ - the Aquinas Lil Irish. Another report from YNN's Andy Young has Kellam headed to defending Class AA state champion, Bishop Kearney. Should Kellam end up at either school, followers of the Monsignor Martin Association will see plenty of Kellam, as both schools schedule nonleagers against the top MMA schools.
Kellam leaves Jamestown after earning All-Centercourt Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore after helping to lead the Red Raiders to the Section VI Class AA title. Kellam averaged just under 10 points per game during the 2013 season, including a career-high 25 points in a victory at ECIC I rival Williamsville North.
Kellam is the second key player who will not be returning to a Class AA power for the upcoming HS basketball season. Earlier this month, Mike Meiler of the Niagara Gazette reported that Niagara Falls guard Vinzell Watkins was ruled ineligible for play due to being a fifth-year senior. These latest developments are willl only narrow the gap between perennial powers Jamestown & Falls and the rest of Class AA, where schools like Williamsville North, Clarence, and Lockport look poised to make a push toward a sectional title this season.