Monday, January 03, 2011

Keegan Hyland Leaves Gonzaga

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According to Gonzaga University and a report in the Spokesman-Review, South Portland's Keegan Hyland has left Gonzaga. According to the S-R:

The 6-foot-3 guard from Portland, Maine, didn’t play in a game this season and his practice time was limited by health issues (knee, concussion). Hyland has requested a release to several schools in the New England area.

It has been confirmed to the CMSB that Hyland has indeed left the program, and has been suffering from post-concussion syndrome as well. More as we get it.

UPDATE 9:32 AM: New England Recruiting Report has a story up about his leaving Gonzaga, and where he might end up. Hyland was cleared to practice last week, apparently.

Update: 11:13 AM
Just got off the phone with Hyland's AAU coach Carl Parker. here's the Q+A on it.

Me: Was this more of an injury-issue than anything else?
CP: You could say that. When a kid like Keegan, who loves to play basketball and compete, gets hurt at a place Gonzaga, it's tough. That level of college basketball is like a business, and they'll recruit over you, which is what was happening out there.

Me: If he had it to do all over again, would he choose Gonzaga?
CP: No. I mean, kids like Keegan, who are talented and have a great work ethic, always want to be challenged on the next level. You don't want to look back with questions. In this case, with Gonzaga being so far away, it just didn't work out.

Me: What are the next steps and what's the next stop for Keegan?
CP: Truthfully, I don't know. I know there are schools that have been in touch with him, and if he wants to be able to play by the second semester of next season, it has to be pretty quick. He loves his family and wants to be somewhere close to them. It would also be nice to go to a place where he could play with Indy (former Cheverus guard Indiana Faithfull) because he liked playing with him. We'll see what happens.

Thanks to Carl for taking a few minutes out of his day and battling a cold to answer some of my questions. My guess on Hyland's next school: He ends up at UMaine or at Northeastern and we hear about it before the end of next week.

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