Justin Keenan Tops 1,000 Career Points Mark

Justin Keenan drives to the basket in the season opener at Lewis (Photo by Rob Bentley)
Justin Keenan drives to the basket in the season opener at Lewis (Photo by Rob Bentley)

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University junior forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) reached a major career milestone in the Bulldogs' men's basketball season opener at Lewis (Ill.) on Sunday (Nov. 15) as he notched his 1,000th career point.

Keenan's 15th and final point of the night, which came on a free throw with 5:54 remaining in FSU's 65-60 setback at Romeoville, Ill., enabled him to become the 26th player in school history to top the 1,000 career points mark.

The consensus 2009-10 preseason All-America honoree is the fifth FSU player in head coach Bill Sall's eight years at the helm to reach the milestone, joining Adam Anderson (1998-03), Carlton Epps (2001-05), Dennis Springs (2002-06) and Terrance Shaw (2003-07).

In addition to scoring his 1,000th point, Keenan also grabbed his 400th rebound in the same game.  He added another 15 points in FSU's 82-69 road loss at NCAA Division I Central Michigan on Monday (Nov. 16) evening, which gives him 1,015 career points in 57 career contests to date.

This season, the 6-6 Keenan was chosen as a NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 All-America selection by the Basketball Times to go with being recognized as a Division II Bulletin "Super 16" Preseason All-American Team and earning preseason Honorable Mention All-America accolades by The Sporting News.

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-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (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 this 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.

In his initial FSU season (2007-08), Keenan was the Bulldogs' top scorer (15.9 ppg.) and rebounder (6.9 rpg.) as a freshman when he claimed team Most Valuable Player Award recognition in his initial collegiate season. He tallied 26 double-figure scoring performances in 29 contests his rookie year, including eight games with 20 points or more. Keenan ranked ninth in scoring along with 10th in rebounding among the GLIAC leaders. Additionally, he also placed ninth in the GLIAC in both field goal (.539) and free throw (.788) percentage while registering six double-double (points & rebounds) efforts in his initial collegiate campaign. Keenan also shot the most free throws of all GLIAC players as a freshman, hitting 167 of 212 (.788) in 2007-08.

In 57 career contests to date, Keenan has recorded 1,015 points and 401 rebounds while starting 54 games. His 357 made free throws (357-464) currently ranks sixth on the school's career leaders list.

Last season, Keenan set a school record by making 180 free throws, which surpassed former Bulldog Adam Anderson's record of 179 made free throws recorded in the 2000-01 campaign. His 20.2 points per game average represented the fifth-best figure by a sophomore player in school history. Twice last season Keenan claimed GLIAC North Division Player of the Week accolades. He also became the second FSU men's player in the last four years to be chosen as West Michigan's "Player of the Year" by the Grand Rapids Press, joining Springs who earned the honor following his senior campaign in 2005-06.

Ferris State (0-2, 0-0 GLIAC) will conclude its season opening three-game road swing by visiting regional foe St. Joseph's (Ind.) on Saturday, Nov. 21, for a 3 p.m. (CT) non-league encounter in Rensselaer, Ind.