Posted On: 02/7/20 6:12 PM

“The turning point that made me choose basketball over any sport was when I hit six feet in middle school, and realized I was too tall to be a gymnast,” said Burton-Oliver.

Now standing 6-foot-3inches tall Keeli Burton-Oliver is one of the states’ best players and defensive nightmares for opposing teams.

“I realized Keeli was going to be special when she had 42 points in the middle school playoff championship game,” said father Kenan Oliver. “She was only 13 at the time, extremely intelligent with zero limitations.”

Ever since that performance she has been special, the reigning state most valuable player and 4A champion is headed to Tempe to attend Arizona State University where she’ll continue her academic and athletic career.

Making the decision to join coach Charli Turner Thorne came before her junior season began on October 15, 2018.

“I chose Arizona State because of the coaches, they are who I want to play for. I’m also excited to be tan and not around rain all the time,” said Burton-Oliver.

Since her arrival at Eastlake High School in 2016, she hit the ground running. Playing in all 26 games as a freshman averaging a double-double with 14.5

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