JUCO Power Forward Has D-1 Interest

Juco power forward has division one interest

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. -- Keith Spencer may have started out at the Division II level, but the productive 6-7 power forward from Seward County C.C. in Liberal, Kan., has put himself in a position to earn at least a mid-major scholarship opportunity this winter.

The 215 pound San Diego, Calif., native began his collegiate career at Humboldt State in California, spending two years at that school before bouncing to Seward this fall.

Spencer keyed the Saints to a pair of victories this weekend at the Jayhawk Shootout, including a 21 point, 11 rebound effort on Saturday as Seward bounced Fort Scott to remain perfect on the season.

Saints Head Coach Dave Brown, who has built a bit of a pipeline through San Diego in recent years, is pleased that Spencer came aboard his ship.

"He's had five or six double-doubles for us this season," Brown said. "He has a knack for always being around the ball."

Indeed, Spencer does his best handiwork in the low box and along the baseline, where he finishes plays consistently and attacks the offensive boards with gusto.

His play reminds Brown of former Seward great Jamal Brown, another 6-7 power forward who earned NJCAA All-American status for the Saints and went on to a standout career at Texas Christian University. "As soon as he shoots the ball, he's back up there to tip it in again, just like Jamal Brown," Brown said. "He's so active on the boards."

Creighton has offered Spencer, and Brown said that the Blue Jays will host his forward on an official visit on January 28 when they battle Missouri Valley Conference rival Wichita State. Creighton Asst. Coach Brian Fish, who was at the Jayhawk Shootout on Saturday to evaluate Spencer, has done a lot of the leg work on his recruitment.

"Brian Fish got to know Keith when he was an assistant coach at San Diego," Brown said. "If he wants to commit there after his visit, I don't have a problem with that."

Brown said that Spencer's recruitment appears to be a two horse race between Creighton and Wyoming at this juncture.

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