CHARLESTON, S.C. – As the 2016-17 season approaches, we'll let you get to know the Bucs' roster better through interviews with each player. Freshman Christian Keeling enjoyed an illustrious career at Laney High School in Augusta, Ga. He shine on August's trip to Canada and is expected to make an immediate impact in his first college campaign. CSU opens the season on Nov. 12 at Florida State and tips off the home slate three days later against Columbia International.
Q: Your college debut is just a week away now. How does that feel?
A: It's overwhelming, you know. We've put in all this hard work and now you can show what you can do. Next week, I'm just excited. I'm ready for me and my teammates to go out there and try to get the win.
Q: How much have you progressed during preseason practice?
A: I think I've progressed a lot. The coaches, they worked on all aspects of my game. Most of it is working mentally but also in the film room, on the court, all the skills I need help with. Basically, (trying) to get my weaknesses on par with my strengths.
Q: What are the strengths of your game?
A: I would say my mid-range is my bread and butter. I'm very athletic and I can be a good defender but I think my mid-range is the best strength I have.
Q: Are all the newcomers excited about the chance to make an impact immediately?
A: It's exciting that we all came from different types of situations. We all have different abilities and we're bringing it to one team and it's fitting well together.
Q: What was the highlight of your high school career?
A: I had a lot of highlights but probably when I had 45 (points) in a game. That was probably my biggest standout. I had a lot of them – I went to three straight final four's – but I think the 45 points was the big one.
Q: What was the recruiting process like and what led you to come to Charleston Southern?
A: It was a long process but around this time last year, I was signing my National Letter of Intent and I had a lot offers. It was at home. The coaching staff made me feel that this is where I needed to be for the next four years. I trust in them. They graduate all their players so it was just a win-win situation along with basketball.
Q: You also ran track in high school?
A: (Laughing) Yeah, I placed fourth in the state in the high jump. I asked Coach Rade if I could do it here and he said we'll see after the season. I don't know. Track was fun.
Q: What are some of your expectations here?
A: I love to win and I think this team, our mindset is to win. I think we can do things that haven't been done – win 20 games and try to hang another banner up there and go the NCAA Tournament. We've been working hard and I'm excited to start my career.