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Keith Braxton

School

Saint Francis University

Position
Guard
Major
Finance/Accounting

Classroom

Braxton was the 2018-19 NEC Winter Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the Sport of Basketball and is a four-time member of the NEC Academic Honor Roll.

A finance and accounting double major with a 3.365 cumulative gpa, Braxton has landed on the NABC Honors Court in each of the last three seasons.

Character

Braxton is a three-time team captain who has led the Saint Francis basketball program to new heights under his leadership.

The Northeast Conference has been hit hard with its top players transferring to larger programs over recent years, but Braxton has stayed loyal to Saint Francis and Loretto and has a chance to be the first back-to-back Player of the Year in the Conference because of his commitment. Keith tested the NBA Draft waters this Summer but elected to return to Loretto to get his degree and finish his final year of eligibility.

Additionally, Keith has become close with Jorden McClure, a young man who joined the SFU team through Team Impact.

A member of SFU’s SAMs (Student-Athlete Mentors) program, Braxton has guided fellow student-athletes through life as a Division I athlete.

Community

Keith has taken part in numerous community service activities since his arrival, including Stay in To Win, where he talked to local junior high school students about the importance of staying in school. He has also volunteered at Potato Fest, the Special Olympics and Sports4Kids Day.

In 2016-17, Braxton went to the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital and handed out beads as part of the Beads of Courage initiative.

Keith participated in the Penn Cambria Read Across America Day, where he read to elementary school students. He also sang Christmas carols at the Arbutus Assisted Living Facility and served Thanksgiving meals at the student dining hall.

Competition

Braxton could finish as the most decorated player in program history. Braxton, the 2018-19 NEC Player of the Year, has a good chance to join legendary Maurice Stokes as the only 2,000 point and 1,000 rebound players in school history.

Braxton enters his senior year 15th among all active players in DI in scoring, 2nd in rebounding and T-1st in double-doubles.

He is a three-time All-NEC performer and two-time First Team All-League selection who has landed on the NABC All-District First Team in each of the last two seasons.

In 2016-17, he was named the NEC and ECAC Rookie of the Year.

A two-time Lou Henson Award Finalist, given to the nation’s top mid-major player, Braxton currently ranks 9th in career scoring (1,504 pts), 6th in career rebounds (912), 8th in career assists (332) and 7th in steals (152) at SFU.

He has led SFU to two NEC Championship games, hitting the game-winning shot as a freshman at the buzzer to beat Wagner.

Braxton is SFU’s career leader in double-doubles and was the first player in school history to record a triple-double.