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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University men's basketball standout Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) earned one of the most prestigious honors of his career to date by being named Wednesday (March 9) as the 2010-11 Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year.
Keenan was chosen as the region's top player after being the leading vote getter for the Daktronics All-Region Team. He was one of five players named first team all-region. All five of those players will now move on to the Daktronics NCAA Division II National All-America ballot.
Joining Keenan on the Midwest Region First Team are Bellarmine (Ky.) guards Jeremy Kendle and Braydon Hobbs, Indianapolis guard Darius Adams and Missouri-St. Louis guard Gerald Fulton.
The Midwest Region Second Team consists of Grand Valley State's Justin Ringler, Wayne State guard Bryan Smothers, Southern Indiana center Mohamed Ntumba, Drury (Mo.) guard Alex Hall and Findlay guard Nathan Hyde. Both all-region teams were selected by sports information directors within the Midwest Region.
Keenan paced the GLIAC in scoring for the third consecutive year by averaging a personal career-high 21.6 points per game to date this season. He has also had his best season on the glass with a league-best 10 rebounds a contest and is presently the only player in Division II basketball to rank among the nation's top 20 performers in both categories.
The Division II Bulletin Preseason National Player of the Year became the league's all-time career scoring leader in the regular-season finale versus Grand Valley State (Feb. 26). The 6-7 Keenan also recently became the first Bulldog player ever to earn the GLIAC's Player of the Year honor twice and only the third player to claim the recognition twice in GLIAC history.
In addition to leading the league in scoring and rebounding, Keenan has also totaled a league-best 16 double-double efforts and had a conference-best three games of 30 plus points or more this campaign. The 6-7 Keenan also has tallied a conference-high 17 games of 20 points or more and reached double-figure scoring in 27 contests. His play helped the Bulldogs to their first league championship in six years and the right to host the GLIAC Semifinals/Finals for the first time since the 1994-95 campaign.
A three-time All-GLIAC honoree and four-time GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honoree this season, Keenan's play has fueled the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Division II Tournament berth in five years and a 22-7 overall record heading into the regional tournament. He has scored 2,194 career points to date and is among the Bulldogs' all-time bests in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throws.
Keenan and the Bulldogs will square off against Wayne State in a rematch of last week's GLIAC Tournament Championship contest in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament this Saturday (March 12) in Louisville, Ky. Tipoff for the quarterfinal game is slated for 12 p.m. (ET) at Bellarmine's Knights Hall.