Former Coronado and UTEP Hoops Player Frank Keton Dies
Frank Keton, who starred on the basketball court at Coronado in the early 1970s and played one season for the Miners, died Sunday at the age of 65. Wayne Thornton, public relations manager at the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department called Keton one of the city's top 100 boys high school basketball players of all-time. "To me, I would just call him swish," Thornton told 600 ESPN El Paso. "That's all you would hear after he shot the basketball, swish."
Keton played the 1972-73 season for Don Haskins as a sophomore and he averaged 7.7 points per game, fourth best on the team. Following his graduation from UTEP, he spent many years as a public accountant and later worked for the City of El Paso, where he retired five years ago.
On a personal note, I never had the opportunity to watch Frank play at Memorial Gym, but I did see many times he dominated at the JCC during open gym or Over-30 league games. His jump shooting was legendary and he had the rare ability to take over a game offensively. A memorial service for Keton will be held tomorrow at 2:00 PM at University Presbyterian Church (244 Resler Dr.).