February 8, 2008

Keely gets defensive

As a sophomore, Reggie Keely was a scoring machine. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward from Bedford High in Bedford, Ohio averaged over 20 points per game. This year, the junior focused on improving his defensive skills, but that shift in his focus has done little to affect his production.

"This year I'm at about 16 (points per game)," he said. "But my rebounds are up from last year. I get about 10 per game."

Keely also has worked on his perimeter game to become a multi-tool player.

"I'm trying to develop my face-up game, coming off the dribble and my wing play," he said. "I don't want to have my back to the basket in college; I want to be able to go in and out."

That work has helped Keely land offers from Akron, Cleveland State, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Oakland University and several other Mid-American Conference programs. He's already taken several unofficial visits.

"I've been to Miami, Toledo, Oakland and Akron," he said. "I really liked Miami's campus. I like all of (the schools), but Miami really stood out as far as the campus goes."

Keely also has stayed in close contact with several coaches.

"I talk to CSU a lot," he said. "Coach Gary Waters is a real good coach and honest. I talk to one of the Toledo assistant coaches and coach Washington from Oakland."

While Keely hasn't listed any favorites, he is trying to learn more about a couple of schools. He's got plenty of time to sort out the recruiting process as he isn't planning on making a decision until after the summer AAU season.

"I haven't narrowed it down yet," he said. "Right now I'm trying to learn more about Miami and Dayton. Miami started the season strong, but now I'm just waiting to see what happens."

Keely and his Bedford teammates have jumped out to an 11-5 record so far this season. This week they have three key league games.

"We have Maple Heights on Friday and Garfield Heights on Tuesday then Shaker Heights next Saturday," he said. "We're pretty much taking it one game at a time then we can worry about the next one. We can't look ahead."

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