PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Kelton Samore still thinks about a very scary moment during a basketball game a couple of months ago.
“I was getting ready for the season and I came down wrong [on the court],” said Samore. “[I] originally thought I broke my [right] foot. That’s what the doctors thought but thankfully it was just a ligament issue. I’m recovering really well, and I’m almost back to 100%, so I’ll be completely ready for the season.
“My Dad and my trainer have both helped me recover through physical therapy, and just [keep] reminding me to stay positive.”
“I’ve been working with Kelton since he was in 7th grade,” Kenneth Montague, a former Grant High School point guard and basketball trainer, said. “Kelton’s a different kid because he’s always kind of known what he wanted.”
Samore wants to play college basketball one day, and the junior has already received attention from Division 1 schools.
“Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, and I think a couple of others have talked to my coach, like Utah as well, I believe,” said Samore. “It’s great to talk to them and all that, but there’s a long way to go and my Dad reminds me of that every day.”
His father, Brian Samore, is the athletic director at Grant High School.
“When I first got here people were saying just that … the only reason why I’m in this position is because of him,” said Kelton. “And now I think over the last 2 years, with the work that I’ve put in, it’s kind of proved people wrong.”
“He’s always been a really tall kid, and he’s finally growing into his body,” said Montague. “But the thing with Kelton is [that he’s] 6-foot-9 and he has skills like a guard.”
“If our guards are getting pressed I can bring up the ball and help out the team,” said Kelton. “But I love playing multiple positions; you know, [so I can] get a feel for the game in different aspects.”
Our Athlete of The Week said the goal is to help Grant win its first basketball state title since 2008.
“I think this year and next year we can compete for that state title,” said Kelton.