Grand Canyon University senior Keonta Vernon helped guide his team to their 20th win of the season with an easy win over Cal State Bakersfield on Senior Night at GCU Arena.
Vernon’s biggest moment came when he and GCU’s three other seniors were honored during a pregame ceremony. When Vernon’s name was called to honor him for being a Senior, he got down on one knee in the middle of the court and proposed to his girlfriend.
What’s better than basketball? A marriage proposal, of course! Congrats to Keonta Vernon and his fiancé! 😍 pic.twitter.com/YckWqnYwBM
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Vernon’s girlfriend, Katie, knows GCU coach and former NBA star Dan Majerle well, as she’s a longtime employee at Majerle’s Sports Grill. Vernon said he was sure to secure his coach’s blessing before popping the question.
“If I didn’t ask him — oh, man. You would not see me in the starting lineup next week,” he said. “I went up there and talked to him. He was happy for me. She knew Katie when she was younger, so that definitely helped.
“I didn’t think I was going to be nervous at all. But as soon as they called my name, I didn’t know what pocket the ring was in. I was trying to put the ring on her finger. I almost dropped it and everything. That was crazy.”
— ABC15 Sports (@abc15sports) March 4, 2018
This kid owes Thunder Dan for life. What a stand up guy Thunder Dan is for giving his blessing to his player, and employing some nice bait for recruitment purposes.