The Cal basketball program recognized walk-on forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly’s 1999-2000 contributions on Wednesday, granting him a scholarship for the 2000-2001 season.
Forehan-Kelly played a much larger than expected role for the Bears last season, shooting 50 percent on the year, while averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. After playing in just 10 games in his 1998-99 freshman year, the consistent outside shooter played in all but three regular-season games last season, before starting in all three postseason NIT contests.
“I feel fortunate that the coaches have given me this opportunity,” Forehan-Kelly said. “I’m happy that they’ve recognized my hard work and have rewarded me for it.”
As a sophomore, Forehan-Kelly was especially dangerous from beyond the arc, hitting 24-of-53 three-pointers on the year to lead all Bears with a .453 percentage. The sophomore’s career-high came on March 11, when he nailed six treys on the way to scoring 20 total points.
“I’m glad we had this opportunity to reward Ryan for his loyalty, leadership and dedication to the Cal basketball program,” Cal head coach Ben Braun said on Wednesday. “He has shown a strong commitment to the team, and his contributions have been invaluable.”
Braun awarded a similar scholarship last year, to senior walk-on guard Robbie Jones. Though the coach still has one scholarship remaining below the maximum, he does not plan to use it before next season.