SoCal big man discusses unofficial

James Keefe recently visited Arizona during Midnight Madness and left pleased with the visit, even though he saw everything he expected. Though Keefe is still wide open, he is definitely considering Arizona for the rest of his recruitment.

James Keefe arrived on campus at 5:00 Friday evening with his mother and had dinner prior to the Midnight Madness festivities.

"Midnight Madness was fun," explained Keefe. "It was fun to see all the fans and see how they absorb the team."

In addition to the fan reaction, Keefe was pleased with the campus and the entire school. The only negative was the city itself. Tucson did not overly impress him.

"The campus was beautiful, the fan support was great, and Arizona has a great coach," said Keefe. "There was nothing I didn't like about the University, but I can't 100% see myself living in Tucson."

While Keefe did not fall in love with Tucson, Arizona is in his top five for schools, though he does not claim a leader at this point.

"I am also interested in UCLA, Stanford, Duke, and Notre Dame," Keefe said.

Keefe's visit did not end following Midnight Madness. Saturday was a busy day as well for the power forward.

"On Saturday I toured the campus, met with strength coaches, trainers, and an academic advisor," said Keefe. "I also attended Saturday's practice."

Keefe is very confident in Arizona's basketball program, although Keefe feels the academics may be better elsewhere.

"Arizona has one of the top basketball programs, and has great coaches and players" Keefe said. "Academically, the other schools are stronger."

Keefe has a long list of things he is looking for in as school, but in the end it could come down to a gut feeling. He really believes that when he sees the right place, he will just know he wants to go there. He knows it will all fall into place for him.

Keefe would like to schedule more unofficial visits, but for now he is going to focus on the upcoming season.

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: Of all the recruits on hand at Midnight Madness, Keefe looked like he was having the most fun. He was laughing and joking with some UA students that he knew and was just having a good time. The Wildcats made a favorable impression, but the fact that he is not sold on Tucson has to be a concern.

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