Ex-Moanalua G Keene leads NCAA in scoring

Moanalua's Marcus Keene elevated over Kalaheo's Kevin Leong during his lone season in a Na Menehune uniform. Photo by Jamm Aquino.
Moanalua’s Marcus Keene elevated over Kalaheo’s Kevin Leong during his lone season in a Na Menehune uniform. Photo by Jamm Aquino.

Point guard Marcus Keene made quite a splash during his one season at Moanalua.

Playing under then-Na Menehune boys basketball coach Greg Tacon, Keene was a 5-foot-8 starting point guard as a freshman on a team that featured 6-4 high flyer Marcus Monroe. Behind Keene’s team-high 14 points, Na Menehune defeated Kahuku 64-58 in the OIA Red championship game and reached the state-tourney quarterfinal round. A year later, Keene’s military family moved to San Antonio.

In 2012, the San Antonio Express-News referred to Keene’s sophomore performance at Warren High School as “Keensanity”, the start of a career filled with clutch buckets.

Keene hasn’t stopped progressing. Now a junior guard at Central Michigan, Keene is the NCAA’s leading scorer. At 5-9, 175 pounds, he scored 32 points in a win over Division II Slippery Rock and 36 over Pepperdine. After four games, he is averaging 28.8 points per game to lead the country. Keene is also averaging 4.2 assists and 5.4 assists for the up-tempo Chippewas, who play in the Mid-American Conference.

Before transferring to CMU, he was at Youngstown State. As a sophomore, he started all 32 games and averaged 15.6 points per game, ranking sixth in the Horizon League. He sat out the 2015-16 season per NCAA transfer rule.

A former teammate of Keene and Monroe (Star-Bulletin All-State Fab 15 in 2010) was Dexter Williams, who was a Star-Advertiser Fab 15 selection in ’11. Williams now plays at Montana Western.


  1. Pun Alum 95 November 23, 2016 8:50 pm

    Marcus Keene sounds like one bad man! Major props to him!

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