Former CMU Star Keene Signs with Italian Team

MT. PLEASANT – Former Central Michigan University men’s basketball standout Marcus Keene is taking his talents overseas.

Keene, who last year became the first NCAA Division I player to average 30 points per game since the 1996-97 season, has signed with Cagliari Dinamo Academy of the Italian Basketball League.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to play professional basketball in Italy next season,” Keene said in a statement. “My time at CMU helped open doors to start fulfilling a dream of mine of having a career of playing the game I love.”

Keene spent the summer with the Washington Wizards and the organization’s Summer League team. He set a Mid-American Conference record by scoring 959 points for the Chippewas during his junior campaign in 2016-17.

“Marcus brought a tremendous amount of exposure to our program, and he made a major impact in his time here,” CMU coach Keno Davis said in a release. “He really helped raise the status of the program among CMU alumni and fans, and he helped raise our national profile.”