Junior college forward Dominique Keller has signed with Bruce Weber and the Fighting Illini.
April 17, 2008
Champaign, Ill. - Illinois head coach Bruce Weber announced today the signing of Dominique Keller to a national letter of intent. Keller, a 6-7, 230-pound forward, is a native of Port Arthur, Texas and attends Lee College in Baytown, Texas under the direction of head coach Roy Champagne.
Keller is the No. 18-ranked junior college player in the nation by Rivals.com. A first-team All-Region XIV selection, Keller ranked second in the NJCAA in scoring this past season, averaging 25.5 points. He was third in the conference in rebounding, averaging 9.1 boards and was second in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 2.4 blocks. Keller averaged 18.4 points and 6.3 boards in his first year at Lee during the 2006-07 season.
"Dominique is a very versatile player," Weber said. "He was a prolific scorer in one of the top junior college conferences in the country. He can score in many different ways and runs the court extremely well. He's also an effective rebounder and shot blocker with his great athleticism. Dominique is difficult to guard because he's a mismatch at a number of different positions. He will help us at the 3, 4, and even the 5 spot. He has benefited from playing at Lee under Coach Champagne, a veteran coach that has had a number of players go on to the Division I level."
Keller is the second member of Illinois' 2008 recruiting class. He joins forward/center Stan Simpson, a first-team all-state selection from Chicago Simeon High School, who signed last November.