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Kouts High School senior Annmarie Keller signs to play basketball for the Lady RedHawks in 2010-11

Twelfth-leading scorer in Northwest Indiana will study business, join sister on IU Northwest squad

Annmarie Keller

Photo by Christopher Sheid/IU Northwest Office of Marketing and Communications
Annmarie Keller displays her IU Northwest jersey after signing her letter of intent on Jan. 25. Shown with her are (from left) mother Susan, father Daryle, and Lady RedHawks head coach Ryan Shelton.

Kouts High School standout Annmarie Keller on Jan. 25 signed her national letter of intent to continue her education and basketball career at Indiana University Northwest beginning in Fall 2010. The 5-foot, 7-inch shooting guard will join sister Juliette Keller, who this year is a sophomore guard at IU Northwest, in the backcourt for the Lady RedHawks.

The younger Keller helped lead Kouts High School to back-to-back 1A sectional championships in 2007 and 2008, and this year she leads a fifth-ranked Fillies team that has compiled a 12-3 overall record so far. Keller now ranks eighth on the list of all-time scorers for Kouts, and she leads the Fillies in scoring with 15.6 points per game. Annmarie is shooting 26 percent from three-point range and 39 percent from the floor while averaging 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

Annmarie Keller currently ranks 12th in scoring in Northwest Indiana, and her 86-percent foul shooting leads the region. Kouts is 72-13 during her four years there. In 2007, she helped lead the Fillies to their first Porter County Conference Championship since 1991.

“Last year I went to a lot of games, and I got really interested in the (RedHawk) program,” Annmarie said after signing her letter of intent and posing for photos prior to practice at Kouts High School on Monday. “Juliette says a lot of good stuff about it.”

Annmarie, who previously played with Juliette at Kouts and in AAU basketball, said she looks forward to joining her elder sister again next season at IU Northwest. Both are strong outside shooters and three-point specialists, and Annmarie said that she and her sister have good rapport on the court and complement each other’s game.

“It’s going to be awesome. In high school, it was so cool playing with my sister, because we had that little connection thing,” said Annmarie, who described herself as a team player who values sportsmanship very highly. “College is the next level for us to play together. That will be pretty sweet.”

Lady RedHawks head coach Ryan Shelton thinks so, too.

“Both Juliette and Annmarie are very talented, and each brings something different to the team,” he said. “They are both outstanding players. We expect Annmarie to hit the floor running and become an immediate contributor.”

At the signing, Shelton praised Annmarie’s skills but also her academics and positive attitude. The coach said he’d been hoping that she would decide to attend IU Northwest since he first saw her play more than two years ago.

“It’s an exciting day for the university and our basketball program,” Shelton told a crowd of Annmarie Keller’s teammates, coaches and family members at the signing. “We’re really excited about our basketball program, and the reason we’ve been successful the last couple of years is because we have outstanding kids. We’re thrilled that Annmarie has made the decision to continue her basketball career and, most importantly, her education at IU Northwest. It’s an outstanding place to go to school, but we also know that we gain tremendously, both academically and athletically, from her commitment to play for us.”

Kouts head coach Ron Kobza vouched for the talent and character of IU Northwest’s latest recruit.

“She’s a quality student and athlete,” he said. “Basketball-wise, she’s a team leader. She’s got a great outside shot. She’ll help IU Northwest out.”

IU Northwest has become a family affair of sorts for the Keller family. Annmarie and Juliette’s father, Daryle Keller, is a student in the Weekend MBA for Professionals program at the IU Northwest School of Business and Economics. Annmarie plans to pursue undergraduate studies in business and management at the school, and Juliette studies actuarial science in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“It’s good, as a father, to be a part of what they’re being a part of,” Daryle said. “It will work out well on Saturdays. I’ll have class, and I’ll be able to go to the game right afterwards.”

Annmarie Keller has received numerous all-area, all-conference, and Player of the Week honors throughout her basketball career. She was an All-State Honorable Mention last season, when she also won her team's Most Valuable Player Award and was named to the PCC All-Conference Team, the All-Sectional 1st Team and The Times All-Area Postseason 1st Team.

This year, Annmarie has already been named a Times and a Lakeshore Public Television Player of the Week, and she was named to The Times All-Area Preseason 1st Team to start the year. She holds two Indiana state scoring records, for most three-pointers in a quarter (six) and most three-pointers in a half (six).


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