'Driven' Hyland working to take his game to the next level

Sport: Basketball (boys)

Posted: July 8th, 2007 by Tom Nolette

By Tom Minervino
Sports Writer
LEWISTON (July 7, 2009): It’s not too often that a coach has to tell a player that he’s working too hard. Then again, it’s not too often that a player like Keegan Hyland comes along.

The 6-foot-4 sharpshooter is entering his senior season at South Portland High. He’s led the SMAA in scoring the past two seasons and is the No. 2 ranked college prospect in the state (and the only one in the top five that is not on Lee Academy’s prep team), according to New England Recruiting Report.

He has a number of scholarship offers from Division I college programs on the table, and is drawing interest from some of the top programs in the country. With a good performance on his MBR 17-and-under team at the AAU Junior National Championships later this month, Hyland will undoubtedly receive more offers.

To get to this point has taken plenty of work.

“He’s a driven young man,” MBR coach Carl Parker said before a recent practice at Bates College in Lewiston. “His workouts are legendary. As a matter of fact, oftentimes when we talk, we’ll talk about maybe taking a day off. A day off to him might be taking 500 shots — 500 makes, that is.”

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