Former Marysville star Prince sailing off to Hawaii
The baby picture is tucked away in the garage, next to the arcade basketball game, across from the sea of NBA memorabilia and shrine to his father's playing days at Yuba College.
In it is Keenan Prince, age one, dunking on a toy hoop with a smile on his face.
Nineteen years later, that love for the game is taking him to a place he never even imagined — Hawaii.
The former Marysville High star, two-time Appeal-Democrat All-Area MVP and Yuba College guard inked his national letter of intent on Tuesday to play basketball for Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu.
"I want to try parasailing," joked a dapper-dressed Prince, wearing a light blue vest and tie — his future colors as a member of the Sea Warriors.
Hawaii Pacific, a NCAA Division II school, plays in the Pacific West Conference and finished 19-8 overall this season
After his stellar prep career, Prince migrated down the road to Yuba, a place where his father, Gerard, once set the career assists record during his time in a 49ers uniform.
Prince came off the bench as a freshman for the 49ers and started this last season, establishing himself as a 3-point threat. His defining moment came in the 49ers' last home game of the season when he buried a go-ahead shot against the College of the Sequoias in the playoffs.
With a former college athlete for a dad, that meant breakdowns of games and shooting sessions in the front yard. Not that it bothered Keenan, after all day shooting outside, he would go back out into the front yard for more.
It landed him a scholarship — on an island paradise.