Keller Boothby '20 commits to Cornell
March was good to Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Keller Boothby ’20, who will be marching with a basketball in hand onto an Ivy League campus for college.
Three days after helping the Academy wins its first boys’ basketball title since 1986, Keller committed to attend and play basketball at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
Keller, a 6-foot-7 wing and clutch 3-point shooter, was at his best this season in the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AA tournament, playing a key role in wins over Kimball Union, Cushing Academy and Worcester Academy. He gave a verbal commitment to Cornell March 11.
Keller on what attracted him to Cornell: “What drew me to Cornell was the program’s culture, the chance to play in the Ivy League and the coaching staff. I had a great time on my official visit, and after seeing campus, the facilities, meeting the players and talking to the coaching staff, I felt like Cornell was the perfect fit for me both on and off the court.”
Keller on how his postgraduate year at WMA impacted his recruiting process: “WMA helped me in the recruiting process by giving me exposure to schools that would have never seen me at my previous high school in Texas. Playing at WMA and having Coach (Mike) Mannix guiding me through the recruiting process allowed the college coaches to get a better evaluation of me as a player and get to know me better as a person.”
Keller on helping the Titans win the Class AA title: “Winning the championship my PG year was something really special, especially after losing last year in the state championship in heart-breaking fashion in double OT. Winning a championship in my last high school game ever with the special group of guys we had is something I will never forget.”
Coach Mannix regarding Keller’s season: “We are all very happy for and proud of Keller. His goal for a postgraduate year was to earn a chance to play Division I basketball, and he did just that. His dedication to the game and his academics is very impressive. He’s a high-character guy who will help Cornell and be a tremendous asset to the program on and off of the court.”
Coach Mannix regarding how Keller played in the postseason: “Keller certainly was playoff ready. He made big shot after big shot. He’s a team-first guy, but he has never backed down from taking a big shot - and we are all really happy that he makes those shots.”