Dominique Keller Glad To Finally Sign
Dominique Keller is the newest Illini, officially, as he signed his letter of intent during the Spring signing period. InsideIllini.com got in touch with the big forward in hopes of catching up with what is turning out to be an integral part of next year's team.
Finally, you were able to sign on the dotted line, which makes you happy I'm sure. Were you able to talk with Weber before the press conference?
I did talk to him really quick, I guess he was speaking to the media at the time. But I told him that we could meet up this weekend in Texas at the high school tournament. I guess they're all going to look at some of the younger players this weekend, so I'd like to see which guys they're looking at.
Now that you have signed officially, has anything changed?
Yes, now maybe other schools won't call me anymore. You know how sometimes you get calls and they come up private [on caller ID], I got a lot of those. They would say to me if I didn't want to go to Illinois they could help me or they were still interested in me. I just tell them I'm walking into a good situation right now, two seniors are leaving and a couple of players aren't coming back. So, if I take care of me and my business, I'll have a chance right away to start. I read what people say and some have me penciled in as a starter while some had my boy Mike Davis. I want everyone to know Mike's my guy, but once I get off the plane, it's all business for me.
Coach Weber talked about you playing the four spot, how did that conversation go?
Kedric, I don't care, I just want to win. People think I don't know how tough it is, going from junior college to Division I or Big Ten basketball. But I know me and my game. It's not like I don't know how to play. Coach Weber asked me to play the four, and he wants me to play defense and rebound. He never said to me that I can't shoot or I can't look to score. Look, I'll do whatever it takes to win, if that means rebound, play defense, score, block shots or chase a guy down the court just to make him mad, I will do it.
The last time we spoke you told me you still had some work to do in the classroom. How's school going?
Everything is good. I just took two more tests which I did a great job on. I hope to be there at the start of July. I still have one more government class to take and then I'll be good to go.
Have you been playing much since the season has been over?
I play everyday. If we don't have open gym, I'll run, lift or do something to stay in shape. We're going to win, as a team we talk about it all the time.
The 2008-09 Fighting Illini starting line-up will certainly have a different look than last year, with the departure of seniors Shaun Pruitt and Brian Randle, and return of Jamar Smith from his redshirt season. The starting lineup may, by second semester, see the introduction of transfer Alex Legion. With the point guard position seemingly locked up by Demetri McCamey, that leaves the frontcourt positions wide open. It seems Dominique Keller is certainly in the mix for playing time, and he appears to be doing everything in his power to work his way onto the court and into the hearts of Illini fans. Time will tell, and InsideIllini.com will keep you up-to-date on his progress.
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