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UNBC Timberwolves pick up 6-foot-11 forward

Will Keyes joins the Timberwolves men's basketball team from Kelowna.
Six-foot-11 forward Will Keyes will join the UNBC Timberwolves men's basketball team for the 2023-24 season.

The UNBC Timberwolves have added some height to their bench.

Six-foot-11 forward Will Keyes, from Kelowna, has committed to the UNBC men’s basketball team for the 2023-24 Canada West season and beyond.

“It feels like a dream come true. I watched my brother play in U SPORTS and that has always been a goal of mine,” Keyes said in a statement released on Wednesday. “Just seeing that happen is really inspiring.”

Keyes’ older brother, six-foot-nine Owen Keyes, played for the UBC Okanagan Heat.

The 17-year-old younger Keyes stood out from the crowd in his Grade 12 season with the Kelowna Secondary School Owls.

“We are very excited to add Will to our roster.  Players his size with his shot blocking ability and long-term potential are few and far between,” UNBC coach Todd Jordan said in a statement released on Wednesday. “I am really looking forward to working with him and helping him become the special player I believe he is capable of becoming. We are thrilled to welcome him to our program.”

Keyes will join his teammates for training camp in September, while studying for a bachelor of commerce degree at UNBC.