Top 15 Prospect Shaq Keith Picks Cape Breton
Published by Ali Ahmed on February 28, 2012
Yet another domino fell in the Canadian Class of 2012 last night as 2012 6’4 guard Shaq Keith chose to end his extensive recruitment by committing to Cape Breton University located in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Cape Breton received a commitment from Keith’s REDA teammate, 6’2 Wing Kashrell Lawrence last week.
We spoke with Keith moments after his decision about why he chose Cape Breton over the list of mid-major programs recruiting him south of the border.
“Honestly when I was at home thinking about my decision, a lot of things were going through my mind. I had offers from many different schools down south like Washington State, Maine, Creighton, New Mexico State, St. Bonaventure, Murray St., Tennessee Tech, and much more, but my heart was really at home and I prayed to Jesus Christ and asked him to help direct me into the right school and CBU was that school.”
Keith mentioned that his decision to stay at home and attend Cape Breton was beyond staying to his roots and the beginning of something special.
“I want to be the start of something new in CIS Basketball and let the USA players want to come here instead of us having to go down there. If all those players stayed up here that went down there like Wiggins, Webster-Chan, Rathan-Mayes, Bennett and so forth, Canadian Basketball would be just as good as the US and I want to be the start of that.”
When asked about his relationship with the coaching staff, Keith was quick to describe their great recruiting. “They made me feel like I was at home, the people are great, the team is great and so is the coaching staff,” described Keith, “The main sport over there is basketball so fans are there every single night. Also John Ryan the Athletic Director and Scott Jasper-Fayer who was a former player there.”
Keith also commended his REDA coach Tarry Upshaw for helping him make his decision.
Keith is a versatile player who can play both the guard and small forward position. He has a tremendous ability to attack the rim and can use his speed and agility to beat his defender off the dribble for a high percentage midrange shot. Keith has good court vision for a player of his style and can find open teammates in transition or in a half court set. In addition, Keith’s physique and athleticism allows him to be a high volume rebounder and shot blocker. His versatility on defense allows him to guard smaller and quicker guards, which are an added incentive for ANY program looking for a player with both an offensive and defensive upside. Both Cape Breton and Keith are aware of how the skilled guard will fit into their offensive and defensive schemes.
“Being one of the main scorers on the team and one of the more dominant ball handlers besides Jimmy Dorsey [who is currently attending Cape Breton], I have an opportunity to play alongside him for another year. On the defensive end, I can strap guards in the full court, rebound and block shots with my length, quickness, and athleticism. Also their team is a good transition team with an up-and-down the floor type of game and that is one of my strengths.”
We asked Keith who he would thank for helping him achieve his goals up to date and he listed, “The Lord Jesus Christ, my personal Lord and savior, that’s very important. Also my Mother, family, John Ryan, Scott Jasper-Fayer, Tarry Upshaw, and Mr. Graham from Fletcher Meadow Secondary School.”
The class of 2012 is steadily approaching its graduation and CROWN will continue to provide you with up-to-date news on commitments.