Keane, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound point guard, played some of the top
teams in the country while at CFCA and averaged 18 points and 11
assists per game last season. He scored 19 points and handed
out 14 assists in a victory over Upper Room and its top 10 prospect
Rodney Purvis. Keane plays with Grassroots Canada in the AAU
circuit and averaged 22 points and seven assists per contest.
"We are very excited about adding Kaza to our program and team,"
Muller said. "Kaza is a talented point guard, a great kid and a
competitor. He has a lot of international experience with the game
and has been successful. He has good size, especially for our
league, and is a gifted passer. Kaza is your typical floor general
who can run a team, score and take care of the ball."
Keane is eager to play for Muller at Illinois State.
"(Playing at Illinois State) is a great opportunity," Keane said. "Coach Muller and Coach (Dana) Ford are two of the best coaches
around and they know the game. They are also very passionate about
the game and Illinois State. I can't wait to be a part of it.
"I see myself as a playmaker, and I like to do whatever it takes to
help the team win. I can score, if needed, but I enjoy making the pass and
making everyone around me better. I feel like that is the quality that sets me
Ro Russell, the head coach of Grassroots Canada, addressed Keane's
level of maturity.
"Kaza comes from a great family background," Russell said. "His
parents instilled qualities in him, like work ethic, respect and
teamwork. He comes to Illinois State with a lot of maturity and
won't be your typical bright-eyed freshman. He knows what character
"Kaza has been playing elite-level basketball since the seventh
grade and is prepared for the jump to NCAA Division I. He had a
number of options at other programs, so myself and my assistant
coach, Ryan Schmidt, offered our help to the Keane family so they
could make the best possible decision for Kaza."
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Keane has received rave reviews from ESPN.com's Reggie Rankin.
"He has excellent court vision, 3-point range and plays with
good energy and urgency on both ends of the floor," Rankin said.
"Keane is also a good defender who puts good pressure on the ballhandler
and is alert in passing lanes. He has good but not elite speed
and quickness, but seems to have a great feel for the game."
Keane, who hails from Ajax, Ontario, will be the first Canadian
player to suit up for the Redbirds in program history. Keane will
participate in a tryout camp on Saturday at Humber College in
Toronto, Ontario, for the Canadian junior men's
national team. A final team of 12 will be selected to represent
Canada in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Brazil
from June 16-20.
A product of Pickering High School, Keane led the Trojans to the
2009 championship of the prestigious University of Windsor
Invitational High School Boys Basketball Tournament. He was also
named the most valuable player of the event. In 2010, Keane
helped lead the U17 Ontario Team to the silver medal at the
national championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
news release received from Todd Kober, associate athletics
director, athletics communications, Illinois State University]