Keenan Helps D2 All-Star Team To Victory

Ferris State's Justin Keenan attempts to score in Friday's D2 All-Star Game (Photo courtesy Richard Orr Sports)
Ferris State's Justin Keenan attempts to score in Friday's D2 All-Star Game (Photo courtesy Richard Orr Sports)

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University men's basketball senior Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) took part in the Reese's Division II College All-Star Game on Friday (March 25) night and helped his team to a victory in Springfield, Mass.

Keenan tallied eight points and finished with three rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal while playing 20 minutes in the West All-Stars 96-91 win over the East All-Stars in the contest played at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

The nation's top 20 players were chosen to take part in the game by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and it was played in conjunction with the Division II Elite Eight in Springfield.

One of two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) players chosen to participate in the game along with Findlay guard Nathan Hyde, Keenan earned a starting nod for the game.

The West All-Stars trailed the East by a 47-40 count at halftime before rolling up 56 points in the second half to notch the win.  Keenan is the first-ever Bulldog player chosen to participate in the contest.

The all-star participants had their travel expenses covered by the NCAA and arrived in Springfield on Thursday.  They were introduced during halftime activities in conjunction with Thursday's national semifinals and also had the opportunity to tour the basketball hall of fame in Springfield and help work a youth hoops clinic.

Keenan recently was chosen as one of the nation's top five players as he was named to the Daktronics All-America First Team.  He also earned first team all-region honors for the second consecutive year from both the NABC and Daktronics while also being chosen by Daktronics as its Division II Midwest Region Player of the Year.  Last season, he became the first Bulldog player in 36 years to claim All-America kudos when he was tabbed as FSU's first-ever All-America pick at the Division II level by being named to the 2009-10 State Farm Coaches' All-America First Team.

Keenan paced the GLIAC in scoring for the third consecutive year by averaging a personal career-high 21.6 points per game overall this season.  He has also had his best season on the glass with a league-best 10 rebounds a contest in regular-season action and was 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 Bulldogs' 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 also totaled a league-best 16 double-double efforts and had a conference-best four games of 30 plus points or more this campaign.  The 6-7 Keenan tallied a conference-high 18 games of 20 points or more and reached double-figure scoring in 30 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 led the Bulldogs to the 2011 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship Game and the Sweet Sixteen last week (March 12-15) in Louisville, Ky.  The Bulldogs won their first NCAA Tournament game in six years this season with back-to-back wins in the regional quarterfinal and semifinal rounds over Wayne State and Drury (Mo.), respectively.

Keenan concluded his Bulldog career by scoring 2,259 career points and ranks second all-time in Bulldog history.  He's also the school's all-time leader with 797 made free throws while ranking third in rebounding (901) and seventh in field goal percentage (.548).

The 6-7 Keenan earned both Daktronics All-Region and All-GLIAC accolades for the third consecutive season and was a two-time first team all-region recipient.  Overall, Keenan reached double-figure scoring 109 times in his 116-game collegiate career, including scoring 10 points or more in 87 of his final 91 games.  He also had 28 double-double efforts as a collegiate player.