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January 14, 2014

In The Paint boys basketball column: Transfer Switch

Electric Keys providing boost for Salem High

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Keys and Kazadi, in particular, are both at the very least shot-altering presences in the paint. Their athleticism has also meant a different look for Salem on defense this winter, playing more man-to-man and less of the 3-2 zone that the Witches relied on in recent seasons.

Keys has an above-the-rim game and has been a big reason why Salem looks different on both ends of the floor. “He brings a lot to the table. He’s athletic and certainly an extra weapon on offense,” Doyle said. “With his defensive presence, he’s so long and jumps so well and he alters so many shots. He’s very quick for his size. He’s given us a nice little boost.”

Offensively, Keys prefers to play more like a wing, facing the basket and equally relying on his jump shot and drive. His leaping ability makes him a dangerous player on the offensive glass.

“We’re definitely getting more second chance points,” Doyle said about his forwards. “David is so long that he jumps over people and taps it back to himself.”

Keys, who is averaging a little over 10 points per game so far, is still adjusting to his new team, but it’s already obvious that his play is going to make Salem a dangerous team throughout the year.

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Doyle isn’t the only North Shore coach to be enjoying the arrival of a fresh face to his program. You can add Danvers’ John Walsh and St. John’s Prep’s John Dullea to the list as well.

Just like the addition of Keys to Salem, Danvers’ Devan Harris and the Prep’s Kareem Davis have already had profound impacts on their respective programs.

After winning back-to-back Division 3 state titles, no one was counting out Walsh’s Falcons this season. But, at the same time, no one was banking on an 8-0 start either after Danvers lost four starters to graduation and another (junior Vinny Clifford) to a season-ending knee injury.

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