Ron Kellogg is considered one of the best pure shooters in Nebraska prep history. He wasn't bad in college, either, according to then-Kansas coach Larry Brown.
Early in the 1985 season, the famed coach said another KU guard, Calvin Thompson, was the best shooter he'd coached. But Kellogg gave him cause to change his mind halfway through the season. "I think Ronnie may be the best," he said.
"They threw away the mold when they made this kid. Ronnie is special."
Kellogg was special long before arriving at Kansas. The Omaha native was a part of Nebraska's high school dream team — which also featured fellow Nebraska 100 members Dave Hoppen and Kerry Trotter — in 1982. In 2015, The World-Herald ranked that group as the best All-Nebraska team in state history.
At Omaha Northwest, Kellogg scored 1,644 career points, posted more than 500 points a season for three consecutive All-Nebraska seasons and averaged 21.1 points as a senior. He's one of two players from the 20th century — joined by Nebraska 100 honoree Ike Mahoney — to be selected as an All-Nebraska first-teamer three times.
After graduating in 1982, Kellogg went on to join Brown at KU, where he was a two-time All-Big Eight pick. During a prolific 1985-86 season, Kellogg scored 30-plus points five times, with each outing falling on a Saturday — thus earning himself the nickname Mr. Saturday.
One of those games is sure to stick with hoops heads in the Cornhusker State. In a Jan. 15 win in Lincoln, Kellogg hit 16 of 19 shots and went 7 for 7 from the free-throw line, scoring a then-record of 39 points at the Devaney Center. Two more of those 30-plus games were in prime time, when he scored 34 against Memphis State and Oklahoma in nationally televised games.
Kellogg played on the 1985 World University team and helped lead KU to the 1986 Final Four, where — despite Kellogg making his first 11 shots — the Jayhawks lost to Duke and missed out on a chance to go 3-0 that season against eventual champ Louisville.
And while he reached as high as fifth on KU's all-time scoring chart with 1,508 points, his talents might have still been underutilized. Kellogg showed that his smooth shooting also came with plenty of range during his time in Lawrence — but he graduated a year before the 3-point line was introduced. In a 2008 interview with The World-Herald, current Jayhawks coach Bill Self, a graduate assistant on the 1985-86 KU team, said he still points to Kellogg’s stroke when putting any sharpshooting players' egos in check.
"I start out by saying, 'Let me tell you about this cat who never missed,' " Self said.
Kellogg became Atlanta's second-round NBA draft pick in 1986, though he was quickly packaged in a four-man, draft-day trade with the Lakers — a move that also shipped Nebraska 100 honoree and Omaha North star Mike McGee from L.A. to the Hawks. Twenty-three picks later, Atlanta would select Hoppen, the Huskers’ all-time scoring leader.
Kellogg never saw regular-season action in the NBA and spent most of his pro career overseas in Belgium, Spain, Italy and France. He did eventually return to the U.S., including a stint with the Omaha Racers of the Continental Basketball Association.
Played for: Omaha Northwest High, Kansas Jayhawks, overseas and in the CBA (including the Omaha Racers)
Best athlete from Nebraska played with or against: After rattling off several names, Kellogg said it probably was Creighton Prep lefty Kerry Trotter. Both players were part of perhaps Nebraska's most talented senior class of all time, along with Dave Hoppen and several other top Divison I recruits.
Best moment as an athlete: Hitting the game-winning shot with four seconds left in overtime against defending champ Omaha Creighton Prep in the 1982 Class A semifinals.
At Kansas: 1,508 points
Kellogg was No. 91 in the inaugural Nebraska 100 list in 2005. See more about the 2005 list »