Keane Awarded Will Robinson Endowed Scholarship
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Aug. 2, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State sophomore guard Kaza Keane has earned the 2013-14 Will Robinson Endowed Scholarship, as announced by ISU men's basketball head coach Dan Muller Friday. The scholarship honors Robinson, the late Redbird basketball coach from 1970-75.
"It's an honor to receive this award," Keane said. "Will Robinson was a legendary coach, not just at ISU, but he made African-American history by becoming the first African-American head coach. I am grateful for this award named in his honor, and I want to use it as motivation to keep improving daily - not just individually, but as a team. I think we can do great things together this year."
As a freshman point guard last season, Keane led the Redbirds with 3.2 assists per game, plus a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio. He also averaged 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while playing in 31 contests, with 10 starting assignments. Keane dished out a career-best nine assists twice, first in a win over Fairleigh Dickinson Nov. 20, and then during ISU's Nov. 24 game against Northwestern. He netted a career-high nine points in the Nov. 23 victory over UAB. Keane also earned a spot on the AFNI honor roll during the spring of 2013.
An Ajax, Ontario, native, Keane recently joined newcomer teammate MiKyle McIntosh on the 2013 Canadian Junior Men's National Team (JMNT). The duo helped Canada earn sixth place, matching the team's highest finish at the FIBA U19 World Championship, which was played in Prague, Czech Republic. Keane scored his tournament-high nine points, with a game-best eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals to lift Canada to a July 2 win over Iran. Keane will try to build from his experiences as he prepares to begin his second season playing for the same program that Robinson led nearly four decades ago.
"Will Robinson was a pioneer and a great coach," Muller said. "He is one of the most important figures in NCAA basketball history, and I am honored to work at the University where he coached. Kaza is a deserving recipient of this scholarship and will certainly make Will and his family proud. Thank you to all who have contributed to this scholarship fund."
Robinson was the first African-American Division I college head basketball coach to serve at a predominantly white university. Robinson excelled as a high school coach, college coach and NBA administrator prior to his passing in April 2008. A 2003 Missouri Valley Conference Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Robinson worked in the Detroit Pistons' front office for nearly 30 years after leaving Illinois State.
Proceeds from the 1994 Doug Collins Chicago Golf Outing and a special announcement reception established the Will Robinson Scholarship. The scholarship also funds an internship with the Pistons.
The Will Robinson Scholarship is one of 24 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes that are funded by private donors. For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, please call the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund office at (309) 438-3803 or click here.
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