June 13, 2013
SEATTLE -- Washington head coach Mike Neighbors announced the addition of Macy Keen, a transfer from Miami, on Thursday. The 6-5 center will join the Huskies next season, although she will be forced to sit out the 2013-14 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules.
"Macy is an obvious fit for our team and will be a unique player in the Pac-12," said Neighbors. "I have a lot of experience working with transfer students from my days at Xavier and am confident Macy will excel at UW."
"Macy is thrilled to have a chance to attend a school with the academic reputation of Washington. She spoke with Kim Durand and the Student Development staff and raved about their commitment to the student-athlete. On the floor, she realized the momentum we are building and is excited to be a part of the future."
Keen was a highly recruited high school athlete out of Dillard HS in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was ranked as the No. 37 player in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz, including the No. 6 post player. Keen is known as a standout defensive presence and shot blocker that combines her size with elite quickness and athleticism.
Keen also considered Baylor, Florida State, South Florida and Tulsa out of high school, before deciding on Miami where she played her freshman season. She averaged 1.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 12 contests for the Hurricanes who advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Keen was heavily recruited out of high school by Tulsa, including by new Husky assistant Fred Castro who was with the Golden Hurricane at the time.
"Relationships are such a big part of recruiting and Coach Castro's relationship was important to attracting her attention to the UW," said Neighbors. "Once Coach Barnes, Coach Morrison and I were able to develop that same relationship with Macy it was clear she was a great fit for our team, our university, and Seattle."
Keen will join a revamped inside game for the Huskies with Katie Collier returning from injury and incoming freshman Chantel Osahor, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona. This group will join returning starters Talia Walton and Aminah Williams and key reserve Mathilde Gilling, giving Washington a deep and versatile group.