CHARLESTON, S.C. – Several weeks after filing paperwork with the NBA to enter the 2018 draft process, Charleston Southern's Christian Keeling worked out with the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday at the team's facility. Keeling has not hired professional representation which allows him to go through the evaluation process and either stay in the draft or return to CSU for his junior season.
After the Bucks offered him the opportunity to work out over the weekend, Keeling traveled to Milwaukee Tuesday before going through a series of drills in front of team brass. The NBA Draft will take place in New York on June 21. Players who wish to return to college must withdraw their name from the draft process by May 30.
Keeling, a 6-3 junior guard from Augusta, Ga., is just the fifth player in Big South Conference history to surpass 1,000 career points as a sophomore. This past season, he garnered Second Team All-Big South honors and propelled CSU to a strong finish with eight wins in its final 11 games.
CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh knows the chance to have his game assessed by NBA personnel is invaluable for Keeling.
"We're excited for these opportunities for Christian," Radebaugh said. "The Milwaukee Bucks are a first-class organization and I know this experience will benefit Christian in significant ways."
Keeling has tallied 1,031 points in 59 career games and has been efficient while doing so, shooting 44 percent from the field and nearly 79 percent at the free-throw line. He posted 11 20-point games last year and now has 21 for his career.
Keeling figures to be the centerpiece of a solid nucleus that includes rising sophomores Phlandrous Fleming Jr., Ty Jones, Deontaye Buskey and Sean Price, as well as rising senior Travis McConico. CSU also has an excellent six-member recruiting class that will have the opportunity to contribute right away.