Two Sport Star Shines at Rock Island Alleman

Whether it's baseball or basketball, Keelan Prince is carving out a path of success. The 6'6" member of the class of 2010 is a gifted pitcher on the diamond and a versatile scorer and rebounder on the hardwood. caught up with Prince to find out more about this well-rounded athlete.

Many colleges are captivated by the skills of Keelan Prince, a junior at Rock Island Alleman High School capable of making an impact at the next level in both basketball and baseball.

Prince is pitching his way into the mind of many baseball recruiters. He displayed plenty of talent last Friday against Quincy, allowing only three hits and notching ten strikeouts.

But many schools are also noticing his skills on the hardwood, with Prince being a standout for the Pioneers this past basketball season, averaging 18.5 points a game. The talented swingman also pulled down over 200 rebounds and will be a member of the talented Peoria AAU All-Stars this summer.

He has made trips to schools interested in recruiting him for baseball.

"I've been to Illinois for a visit," Prince said. "I go to Iowa this weekend."

In addition to Iowa and Illinois, Prince indicated that he's heard from pretty much every school in the Big Ten regarding baseball, and that he's also heard from schools such as Virginia Tech, Creighton, Louisville, Kansas State, Miami of Ohio, and Dayton.

Basketball-wise, Prince says he's received letters from Bradley, Illinois, DePaul, Northwestern, Kentucky, Stanford and Northern Iowa are among the schools showing interest, with UNI showing the most at this point. Does he have a favorite sport? He said no, saying his favorite sport is cyclical and based on "whatever season I'm in currently in."

And he's also open to playing both sports in college. "If the offer's there then I could," Prince stated.

While Prince enjoys playing sports, he also is an avid fan of watching them, saying one of his favorite shows is SportsCenter. Does he daydream about his own SportsCenter highlight? "That'd be nice," Prince acknowledged.

He is also a big fan of Manny Ramirez and Deron Williams, the former Illinois guard who is now a standout with the Utah Jazz. Prince summed up his thoughts regarding Williams in a brief but admiring way, saying "Deron's my guy."

One other thing Prince really enjoys is fishing. There's no doubt he's hoping to hook a great offer from a school eager to land a multitalented prospect, and we'll keep you posted here at regarding his future plans.

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