i-Ball Founder, Kyle Keyes | About Kyle Keyes - CEO
i-Ball - About Kyle Keyes
About Kyle Keyes - CEO
About Kyle Keyes - CEO
About Kyle Keyes - CEO
Kyle Keyes was born in the Bay Area of San Francisco California and moved to the Eastside of Seattle when he was 3 years old.
began playing basketball when he
By age 5 he
was competing in basketball, football, baseball and soccer.
A natural born leader, Keyes was the Quarterback for his football teams, Lead-off hitter, Pitcher and 2nd Baseman in baseball, Center Forward on his soccer teams and Point Guard throughout his basketball career.
would have it no other way.
attended Rose Hill Elementary and Rose Hill Junior High.
He then went to Lake Washington High-School where he was a two sport star as a First Team All-KingCo Quarterback his Senior year beating out Raider Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo who then played for Woodinville High.
threw for over 1,200 yards, 12 touchdowns with a completion percentage of 67% his
passion remained basketball.
struggled with off the court issues as a youth and a broken family life.
Things were never easy.
Family member's drug problems and family issues kept Kyle away from home a lot and most of the time he
only refuge at the courts out on the black top where he
would, often times, stay and play for 8+ hours.
Unfortunately this also cut into his
academic standing at Lake Washington High-School where his
grades slowly began to slip to failure.
would ultimately accept his
scholarship to Montana where he
gained National attention as the Pre-Season Newcomer of the Year in the Big Sky Conference.
It appeared he
was on his
way to the NBA.
Unfortunately the damage that he
did to his
leg by playing on the stress fracture for an entire year was too much for an off-season of healing and subsequent injuries followed and dashed all hopes of being an NBA draft pick.
With the renewed fracture back, Keyes
would sit out the remainder of his
junior season at Montana after just 8 games (while still having highs of 18pts and 10ast in games and making the All-Tournament
Team in the fall).
came back for his
senior season only to tear his
ACL in his
left knee 1 week prior to official team practice in the fall.
The same old lesson here is to never give up…Believe in God…
surgery and returned for a less than dramatic senior season in his
5th year as Montana had already went another direction at Point Guard, Keyes saw spot minutes and put up no numbers worth noting.
did do was prove to himself that he
can do anything.
came back from 2 severe and career threatening injuries to return to the Division 1 level and compete in 30 games and put together a highlight tape that would ultimately draw interest from a few NBA coaches.
came back home and was cut from his
first pro team that he
signed with, the Saskatchewan Hawks of the CBA.
then drove to Portland for a tryout with the Hall of Fame Globetrotters for the Harlem All-Stars.
made it and this began the resurrection of a career that was dormant for going on 5 years.
Kyle-"I truly believe that God has a plan for us all.
If I never had these injuries I would be in the NBA oblivious to many of the things that human beings go through.
Being knocked off of my fast track was the worst thing that ever happened to me in basketball but the best thing that ever happened to me as a person…I wouldn't change it for anything.
I understand people and have empathy for their successes and failures and I hope to be a part of both the successes and the struggles in the lives of people for the rest of my life."
Kyle continues to play basketball professionally and work tirelessly to improve the lives of others through his work with i-Ball and communities.
i-Ball-"Own Your Game!"
KYLE KEYES BASKETBALL BIO:
is a "LOCKDOWN DEFENDER", plain and simple (Keyes holds opponents to less than 1/2 their scoring avg)!
He is a Point Guard who gets his teammates involved with great decision making ability.
has Blazing Speed and Quickness (the fastest player you will see on the court).
handles the ball exceptionally well and gets to the paint whenever he
wants, finishing with either hand.
can shoot the NBA 3 and is also very dangerous with his
pull-up off the dribble, a great jump shooter.
is the Total Package at 6'1'' 183lbs with a 6'41/2" wingspan and amazing athletic ability (able to 360 dunk), Keyes
is a true professional who is dedicated to this game and just needs the right opportunity.
has worked out for several NBA teams including the Seattle Sonics and most recently the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in the summer of 2007.
played the '06-'07 season in Seattle for the King County Royals of the ABA.
Keyes was arguably the top Point Guard in the ABA in '06-'07 while averaging 21ppg 10.5ast 4reb 3.1stl per contest.
Those numbers were good fortop25 in scoring average, 2nd in assists & 3rd in steals in the ABA last season.
most recently attended the 2008 NBDL Pre-Draft Camp.