The Ferris State University men's basketball squad had a player named among the region's best performers this season as sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) was recognized as a Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team selection for his efforts on the hardwood this campaign.
The 6-6 Keenan, who was honored as an All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division First Team pick last week, was among four league players listed on the two (first and second) all-region teams in voting conducted by the region's Sports Information Directors. Findlay's Josh Bostic and Lake Superior State's Tim VanOudheusden were both first-team selections while Hillsdale's Tony Gugino joined Keenan on the second team. Bostic was tabbed as the region's player of the year.
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 this season. Keenan also shot the most free throws of all GLIAC players as a freshman, hitting 167 of 212 (.788) in 2007-08.
Keenan reached double-figure scoring in 24 of his 25 games and totaled 20 points or more in 14 outings this year, including a career-high 33 points versus Olivet (Nov. 25). Last season, 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 honors 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.
A year ago, 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.
In 55 career contests to date, Keenan has recorded 985 points and 392 rebounds while starting 52 games. His 347 made free throws (347-449) currently ranks sixth on the school's career leaders list while he needs only 15 more points to become only the 26th player in Ferris history to score more than 1,000 career points. Keenan's current .543 (317-584) field goal percentage figure is tied for 10th place on FSU's career chart.
This 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 this season Keenan claimed GLIAC North Division Player of the Week accolades.
By earning all-region laurels, Keenan becomes the first Bulldog men's player to achieve all-region recognition since former standout point guard Dennis Springs picked up National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) First Team and Daktronics Second Team All-Great Lakes Region status as a senior in the 2005-06 campaign. Keenan is only the 11th different Ferris player since 1980 to claim all-region honors.
Ferris State concluded the 2008-09 campaign with a 14-14 overall record and the Bulldogs placed third (12-10) in GLIAC North Division play. In addition, FSU made its 10th GLIAC Tournament appearance and fourth in the last five years after missing the event a year ago. This year also represented the seventh consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games under seventh-year head coach Bill Sall after the program had not done so in the four years prior to his arrival.