Eastern Shooter Heads West

Keegan Hyland is heading to play for the Gonzaga Zags. The best player out of Maine signed with Gonzaga today.

The Gonzaga Zags landed a player that managed to fly under the radar but not for long. Keegan Hyland, a 6-foot-4 senior out of Portland (Maine) South Portland, signed a national letter of intent with Mark Few's program. He visited last weekend.

"I felt like I can't really pass it up," Hyland said. "They're on the same level as all those ones that are competitive (for the national title) every year. It's the opportunity of a lifetime."

Hyland is a major league shooter, the kind that is capable of shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. He missed almost his entire senior season because of a stress fracture of the bone off the hip.

Assistant Ray Giacoletti flew to Maine to eyeball Hyland and then the Zags brought Hyland out last weekend.

"That whole team is like a family out there. I really can't pass it up. They've had so much success with players similar to myself out there. The campus is beautiful, the facilities but the thing I was impressed with the most was that when you played pick up with them (the players) wouldn't let you catch it unless you were coming off screens. It felt like great basketball, the way it should be played."

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