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GU adds another guard

Gonzaga is certainly keeping its guards up.

A few weeks ago J.C. guard Marquise Carter signed with Gonzaga. On Monday Kentridge High (Kent, Wash.) guard Gary Bell Jr. committed to GU’s 2011 class. Now the Bulldogs have another commitment, from South Portland (Maine) High School guard Keegan Hyland.

Read on for more.

Hyland, who missed all but a couple of games of his senior season with a stress fracture in his pubic bone, was planning on attending prep school next year, work on his game and see what opportunities developed. That changed when GU entered the recruiting picture earlier this month.

“He was certainly excited to entertain their interest,” said Hyland’s father, Tom, who confirmed his son has verbally committed to Gonzaga. “He has no (health) issues at all. It was just a freak thing, none of the doctors understand how it happened, but it happened. It’s totally healed.”

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Hyland is a solid perimeter shooter, an area of need for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga has four guards joining the program: Carter and Hyland this fall and Bell and Kyle Dranginis, from Skyview High in Nampa, Idaho, in the 2011 class.

“No matter where he played it was going to be a long trip,” said Tom Hyland, who teaches at South Portland High. “It’s a good program with fine people and he was very warmly received. The fit was right for his game.”




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