Lincoln’s Hale will play for Dominican

Basketball star averaged 20.2 points last season
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Former Lincoln High basketball star Keenan Hale has decided to attend Dominican University on a basketball scholarship. Hale says Dominican, located in San Rafael, has offered him a scholarship that is worth the majority of the fees. Hale, verbally committed, says that he will sign the letter of intent this week. The forward, 6-foot-4, was the MVP of the Pioneer Valley League as a senior as he helped the Zebras go 22-6. He also led them into the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section, Division III playoffs for the second consecutive season. Hale led the team in points (20.2 per game), rebounds (8.0), assists (1.6) and steals (1.6) this season. He says that the recruiting process wasn't very fun. Among the schools that showed a serious interest in Hale were San Francisco State, Chico State, Cal Poly at Pomona, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, Academy of Art of San Francisco, Vanguard University (Orange County), the Air Force Academy, Simpson College in Iowa and the University of Puget Sound. "They all try to say things to make you come there," Hale said. "Like 'You are the best and our number one guy and we want you.' And they say anything to make you come there." Hale says the education that he will receive at Dominican was a key factor in his decision. "The first thing I looked at was the education part . . . I'm going to be a communications major and that degree is really good there," Hale said. "And it's a smaller school so the teacher-student ratio is 11-to-1." Hale is joining Dominican's program along with his friend Connor Haysbert (6-foot-8) from Center High. "Their recruitment for this year is really good," Hale said. "They have me and Connor and this other guy (from southern California) that just set the state record for 3-pointers this year . . . we are going to have a good squad." Hale says the coaches are expecting big things out of him. "I was talking to the assistant coaches and they are looking for me and Conner to come in right away and get major minutes," Hale said. "We're just going to get in shape. We start workouts in August but you can only work out four guys at a time (because of NCAA regulations) and if everyone is playing then there can't be a coach there at all." Hale's final game - a playoff loss at top-ranked Sacramento - sticks out the most when he thinks back on his basketball career at Lincoln High. Lincoln led by a point early in the fourth quarter before the powerful Dragons rallied to win 85-64. "Definitely my senior season hits me the most - the last game against Sac High was probably the best game we've ever played in our high school career," said Hale, who scored 29 points in the contest.