The Howard Community College men’s basketball program added another local face to its roster on Tuesday, announcing the signing of former Howard County Player of the Year and Wilde Lake grad Trea Keys.
“It’s nice to see more and more local student athletes who were standouts in high school recognize the value of Howard Community College,” said head coach Mike Smelkinson, who rejoined the program last spring. “I think Trea realizes that we have really good players and an exciting game environment. It will be fun to add him to the mix as we prepare to defend our Region Championship this season.”
“Trea is a hard-nosed guard who plays with a chip on his shoulder,” Smelkinson said. “He’s a proven winner and a fierce competitor. He will add skill and firepower to an already dynamic group of guys. More importantly, he is a high academic and high character young man who fits right into the foundation that we established last season.”
Eaton ended up transferring to Oakland Mills prior to his sophomore year and the duo went on to become two of the most prolific scorers in county history — both currently ranking among the top 15 all time.
Keys is the latest in what has been a standout recruiting class this offseason for the Dragons. Smelkinson said the program has also signed Koby Baptiste (Parkdale), Teylor Silverman (Lansdowne), Benjamin Murphy (Franklin) and Omar McGann (St. Charles) to join the team’s 2020-21 roster. Baptiste, Silverman and Murphy were all first team All-County selections in their respective areas.