LaDamion Keys at the Gulf Coast Hoop Fest

2014 forward LaDamion Keys, who plays for the New Orleans Elite team on the AAU circuit, had a good weekend at the inaugural Gulf Coast Hoop Fest in Biloxi, Mississippi.

  • Name: LaDamion Keys
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Bogalusa (LA) High School
  • AAU Team: New Orleans Elite
  • Position: Forward
  • HT: 6-8, WT: 190
  • Ranking: 3-Star
  • Schools Interested: Arizona, LSU, Louisiana Tech, University of Miami, Mississippi State, Southern Cal (all have offered)

  • One of the most impressive performers at the Gulf Coast Hoop Fest this past weekend, Keys talks about what he tries to bring to his team every time he's on the court.

    "I like to make sure our defense is straight because defense wins championships while offense just wins games," said the three-start recruit. "Because of that, I try to make sure that my defense is real solid. I also love to block shots. On offense, I know I can pretty much score if I get it under the basket."

    While he's very versatile when it comes to offense - he can score inside, dunk and shoot the three-pointer - Keys prefers the high percentage shots.

    "I prefer to get it down low and inside and get the easy bucket," he said.

    Quite a few college coaches have taken notice of Keys.

    "I have Miami, Mississippi State, LSU, Arizona, USC (recruiting me) ... that's all that I can think of right now," said Keys.

    Although he's still open to all schools, he does have a location preference.

    "I kind of want to stay in the south," he said.

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