Keyon Latwae Dooling was born on May 8, 1980 to Leroy and Brenda Dooling.
He calls his parents his heroes because they were always there for him, making the biggest difference in his life. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Natosha, and their three daughters, Deneal, Gabrielle and Jordan. He also likes to play video games and says that his communication skills are his biggest talent other than basketball.
Outside of basketball, Dooling is very involved with his community. He participated the Orlando Magic’s “Read to Achieve” program which encourages kids to make specific reading goals. He has also bought and given toys and gifts to underprivileged families for Christmas.
Dooling attended college at the University of Missouri, playing two seasons of basketball for them. He became an early draft candidate for the 2000 NBA draft. He averaged 12.1 points and played in a total of 59 games for the Tigers.
As a sophomore, he led Missouri’s team in blocked shots, scoring and assists, earning him Second Team All-Big XII honors. He was also named to the First Team NABC District XII. Further, he was voted the school’s Most Outstanding Player. Finally, he scored in the double figures in 26 of the 31 games he played in that year.
In his freshman year, he was named to the Big XII All-Freshman team and received the conference’s Freshman of the Week award twice. Not only that, but he was runner up for the Big XII Freshman of the Year.
In 2000, Dooling became the first pick of the Orlando Magic in the NBA draft, making him the 10th pick overall. But, they chose to trade him, along with Derek Strong and Corey Maggette in exchange for a future first round draft pick to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Then, on July 22, 2004 he was signed as a free agent by the Miami Heat. A year later, he was signed back onto the Magic as a free agent, and he plays for the Magic today.
In the 2009-10 season, Dooling averaged 6.9 points per game, a far cry from many of his college performances, possibly due to the fact that he missed 29 games due to injury. However, he had an exceptional free throw percentage at .770. Further, he played 14 games in which he scored in the double figures, and in one game scored over 20 points.