2006 Focus: James Keefe

James Keefe hasn't played on a high-profile AAU team, but that hasn't kept college coaches from finding out about him. We spoke with the 6-8 power forward last night and got some early thoughts on his recruitment...

James Keefe, 6-8 SO PF Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita, has all the tools to turn into an elite, high major prospect.

Keefe has a very good frame and moves very well. He's got good hands and feet, and he can shoot the ball fairly well out to about 17 feet or so. He's had good coaching from the staff at Santa Margarita and he's got a nice feel for the game. He also competes -- very willing to bang and play inside. With continued development, he has a chance to be among the top power forwards in 2006.

We spoke with Keefe last night and asked about the schools that have been expressing interest in him so far.

"UCLA has been showing interest," said Keefe. "I went to their game Thursday. I had a chance to meet Coach Keating and I took a tour of the school -- it's a beautiful campus. Arizona wants me to come on an unofficial visit in March. Stanford is sending me a lot of letters. Kentucky is also sending stuff."

We asked Keefe if staying close to home is an issue for him and he replied, "I'm not sure yet about staying in-state or going away. I haven't really thought about it much."

When questioned about other factors that might influence his decision, Keefe said, "It's mostly about the basketball program, the education and just finding a place that I can be happy."

Keefe is pretty sure about one thing -- he doesn't want to make a quick decision. "I definitely don't want to rush it," said Keefe. "I want to take trips all over and see what's out there."

We asked Keefe if he had any favorite program growing up. "I never really had a favorite program," Keefe said. "I liked Duke, UCLA and North Carolina, but there really wasn't one favorite."

A solid student, Keefe doesn't anticipate any trouble qualifying.

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