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Class of 2014 LaDamion Keys Update
Name: LaDamion Keys Classification: 2014 High School: Bogalusa (LA) High School AAU Team: Marc Rowe Position: Forward HT: 6-8, WT: 190 Scout.com Ranking: NR Schools Interested: LSU, Louisiana Tech, University of Miami, Mississippi State, Southern Cal (all five have offered) "Mississippi State, LSU, Louisiana Tech, the University of Miami, Southern California (are some of the schools that are showing interest in me)," said Keys. "There are more but those are the only ones I can think of at the moment. All of them have offered." His high school head coach explains why he is receiving so much attention. "He is a very special player because he can play big, small, he can handle the ball, shoot the three," said Bogalusa High School head coach Ken Martin. "He is probably our best three-point shooter. He's a natural defender who can block shots. And he's young. We are very fortunate to have him." Keys is taking the recruiting slow and easy right now. "I'll be taking my official visits to the schools this summer after AAU ball," he said. One school in particular has his attention. "I'm really interested in Miami, the U," said Keys. "That's the place that I have always wanted to go to, my dreams school. But I'm interested in some other schools, too." Two of those other schools make their home in the Southeastern Conference. "There are some coaches that I like, (head) Coach (Rick) Ray from Mississippi State and (assistant) Coach (Robert) Kirby from LSU. Both of them are always on me and want me to push myself to be better. They tell me the sky is the limit." And both coaches are right, the sky is the limit for this very talented big man. While many big men have limited scoring ability, mainly inside, Keys is a true inside-outside type scorer. "I try to go down low so we can get inside buckets because Coach tells us if we play inside we can win the game," said Keys. "I don't try to take too many outside shots but Coach has told me if there is a mismatch and the defender's hands are down, then I can put up a three." Although he has a natural ability to shoot the three, he works hard on that aspect of his game just about every day. "Coach has told me to open up the gym and shoot because he knew I could shoot," said Keys. "And I work on my shooting every day." Keys always works hard on his defense, including shot blocking. "I work on my defense with some of my coaches," he said. "I work on my defensive slide because that helps me build my legs and helps my ability to block shots. They also help me keep my hands right so I can block shots." Check out the video to see Keys in action at the Rumble In The South basketball tournament. var VideoMediaID = "1154110" var VideoStillImageID = "1154112" var MediaDir = "http://video.scout.com/media/"; var VideoURL = MediaDir + "video/flv/" + parseInt( VideoMediaID / 10000 ) + "/" + VideoMediaID + ".flv"; var ImageURL = MediaDir + "image/" + parseInt( VideoStillImageID / 10000 ) + "/" + VideoStillImageID + ".jpg"; var so = new SWFObject ('http://cdn-cms.scout.com/swf/flvplayer.swf','mpl','425','340','8'); so.addParam ('allowscriptaccess','always'); so.addParam ('allowfullscreen','true'); so.addVariable ('height','340'); so.addVariable ('width','425'); so.addVariable ('file',VideoURL); so.addVariable ('image',ImageURL); so.addVariable ('backcolor','0x000000'); so.addVariable ('frontcolor','0xFFFFFF'); so.addVariable ('lightcolor','0x00FF00'); so.addVariable ('screencolor','0x000000'); so.addVariable ('logo','http://media.scout.com/media/a/_network/mediaplayer/scoutTVlogo.png'); so.addVariable ('showstop','true'); so.write ('player'); Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing email@example.com.
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