Thomas Kelati

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Thomas Kelati
Free agent
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1982-09-27) September 27, 1982 (age 37)
Walla Walla, Washington
NationalityPolish / American
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolWalla Walla
(Walla Walla, Washington)
CollegeWashington State (2001–2005)
NBA draft2005 / Undrafted
Playing career2005–present
Career history
2005–2006Dexia Mons-Hainaut
2006–2008Turów Zgorzelec
2008–2009Unicaja Málaga
2013Laboral Kutxa
2014–2016UCAM Murcia
2016–2018Stelmet Zielona Góra
Career highlights and awards

EuroLeague records since the 2000–01 season

  • Most 3-point field goals attempted in a game

Thomas Matt "Choo" Kail Kelati (born September 27, 1982) is an American-born Polish professional basketball player of Eritrean heritage. In 2010, he gained Polish citizenship through his wife and is eligible to play on the Poland national basketball team in international competition. He is a 1.96 meters (6 ft 5 in) tall and plays both shooting guard and small forward.

Professional career[edit]

Thomas Kelati was a member of the Poland national basketball team during the EuroBasket 2011.

Kelati began his professional career in 2005 with the Belgian League club Dexia Mons-Hainaut. He then moved to the Polish League team Turów Zgorzelec in 2006 (two runners-up in Polish league, reached the final round in the ULEB Eurocup). In 2008, he joined the Spanish ACB League club Unicaja Málaga.

In July 2009, Kelati signed a two-year contract with the Greek A1 League club Olympiacos Piraeus.[1][2] However, his contract was later canceled by the club before Kelati played even a single minute for them, due to him not passing his physical and medical exams. Olympiacos replaced him on their roster with Von Wafer.

As a free agent, Kelati then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a training camp invitee on September 30, 2009,[3] but was later waived.[4] Then he played for Power Electronics Valencia for whom he signed after being waived from the Los Angeles Lakers.[4] In 2010, he won the ULEB Eurocup playing for the Power Electronics Valencia. On July 23, 2010, he signed a two-year deal with BC Khimki.[5] With BC Khimki he won VTB United League in 2011 and Eurocup in 2012. In May, 2012 he left BC Khimki because of his contract ending.

In June 2012 he signed a two-year contract with Valencia Basket.[6] He left Valencia in June 2013.[7] On September 29, 2013, he signed a two-month contract with Laboral Kutxa.[8] After the contract expired he left the team.[9]

In February 2014, he signed with UCAM Murcia for the rest of the season.[10] In July 2014, he extended his contract with Murcia for two more years.[11]

On August 8, 2016, Kelati signed with Stelmet Zielona Góra.



Turów Zgorzelec


  1. ^ Olympiacos signs Kelati. (in Greek)
  2. ^ OLYMPIACOS signs Thomas Kelati.
  4. ^ a b Lakers Waive Thomas Kelati
  5. ^ BC Khimki adds Thomas Kelati
  6. ^ VALENCIA BASKET brings back Kelati Archived 2014-07-27 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Thomas Kelati leaves Valencia
  8. ^ "LABORAL KUTXA adds Kelati for two months". Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  9. ^ Thomas Kelati leaves Laboral Kutxa
  10. ^ Thomas Kelati signs with UCAM Murcia
  11. ^ Thomas Kelati extends with UCAM Murcia until 2016

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