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A man of action joins PSA
Warren Keel is a young man of few words. And that is just fine with Putnam Science Academy’s coaching staff.
Keel, one of the newest commits to the Prep basketball team for this coming school year, will be counted on for his actions, not his words.
“Warren Keel is the head of the snake,” PSA Associate Head Coach Josh Scraba said. “We will go as he goes. He was one of the most feared point guards we faced all year last year and we expect him to take it to the next level. We will challenge him every day. He needs to be the best practice player we have.”
The 5-foot-11 guard from Springfield, Mass., has goals of his own, too. A member of the Class of 2026, Keel wants to earn his way into a Top 50 national ranking.
“The coaches have told me it’s not going to be easy at PSA, that nothing will be handed to me and I’m going to have to work for everything,” he said. ”I like that. I like to fight through adversity and grow as a player and as a person.”
Keel played last season at Bradford Christian Academy, which he helped win the NEPSAC AA championship. And he was extremely tough in three games against PSA, opening the coaching staff’s collective eyes.
“I’m looking forward to getting onto campus and getting out into the Putnam community,” Keel said. “I can’t wait to get to work and be surrounded by all the talent we’re going to have there.”
Keel, who likes to play fast and find his open teammates, said he is working on refining his shot this summer while playing with Mass Rivals. But it’s really not work. He says it is more passion than work.
“I’ve loved basketball since…forever, since I came out of the womb it feels like,” he said. “There’s nothing like it for me. It’s just like…it’s just…it’s just basketball. I can’t explain it, really. I played football and tennis, and I still play a little pickleball, but neither of those did it for me. I got hit once playing football when I was 7 or 8 years old and that was enough. It’s been basketball ever since.”
Stephen Nalbandian
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy


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