Monday, October 5, 2009

Justin Keenan Tabbed As Preseason All-America

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BIG RAPIDS - The first preseason basketball publication has hit the newstands and Ferris State University men's basketball standout Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) has been tabbed as a Preseason Honorable Mention All-America selection for the 2009-10 campaign by The Sporting News.

The 6-6 Keenan, who will be a junior for the Bulldogs in eligibility this season, was one of 42 players from the NCAA Division II level recognized by the magazine. The publication listed five preseason first-team picks along with five second-team picks and 32 honorable mention recipients.The Sporting News featured only two players from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) on its list with Keenan joined by point guard Marcus Parker from the University of Findlay, which is the defending Division II National Champions.In addition to the preseason All-America listing, the publication also included a Presseason Top 10 list with GLIAC-member Grand Valley State found seventh. Another school from the NCAA-II Midwest Region, Bellarmine (Ky.), was the magazine's number-one ranked preseason squad after narrowly falling to Findlay in the regional final last season. Findlay, Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana were regional representatives included on a list of 32 "Possible Breakthroughs" this campaign.

Keenan was honored last season as a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-Midwest District Second Team pick along with a Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team and All-GLIAC North Division First Team selection.

One of five players named to the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division squad in voting by the league's member head coaches last year, Keenan led the GLIAC in scoring (20.2 ppg.) while ranking second in offensive rebounds (3.4 rpg.), fourth in rebounding (7.3 rpg.) and fourth in field goal percentage (.546). He also made and attempted more free throws (180-237) than any other player in the league last season. Keenan reached double-figure scoring in 24 of his 25 games and totaled 20 points or more in 14 outings a year ago, including a career-high 33 points versus Olivet (Nov. 25), en route to earning team MVP honors for the second-straight year.

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