Top Virginia Target Trevor Keels Talks Hoops & Recruiting Following Playoff Victory

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Keels attempts a layup at the 2019 NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia. He returned to John Paul Jones Arena last September for Virginia basketball’s ring ceremony. ~ Photo by Kris Wright

Trailing 34-29 in the final minute of the first-half of last Friday’s VISAA Division 1 semifinal versus Trinity Episcopal, Paul VI (Fairfax, VA) head coach Glenn Farello dialed up a play for star junior guard Trevor Keels, who responded with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 34-32.

In second-half play, Keels followed a 3-pointer by Duke-bound point guard and Paul VI senior Jeremy Roach with one of his own to push the Panthers’ lead to 67-60 with 3:51 remaining in the fourth quarter. Keels drained two free throws in the final seconds to cap off the Panthers’ 76-68 victory.

Playing big-time basketball in big-time moments is something Coach Farello has come to expect from his 6’5”, 210-pound junior, who has become one of the University of Virginia’s top targets in class of 2021 recruiting.

“Trevor does that,” Farello said. “He has been a big piece of who we are with his poise and competitive spirit.”

“I’d just say it comes with a lot of confidence and coach believing in me,” Keels said of being ready to perform in clutch moments. Specifically discussing the 3 at the end of the first-half, he added: “[Farello] told me this play is for me and I need you to knock down this