Boo Evals: California Elite

Heading into the Boo Williams event, there are a few definite targets on the Duke radar, but then there is also a good bit of leeway when it comes to the talented junior and sophomore classes. On Friday night, TDD was courtside watching a pair of underclassmen from California.

California Elite

James Keefe - PF – 6'8, 200: Played the entire way through, before sitting out the final four minutes. In warm-ups Keefe looked very strong. He's active and pretty agile for a big guy. However, he struggled on the offensive end of the floor, finishing with just four points.

Despite his offensive struggles, Keefe did manage to pull in a game high 12 rebounds, and block a few shots. You can tell he's a former volleyball player as he's constantly bouncing back up after landing, which helps with board work and defense.

The scouting report on Keefe is much like it was for a young Shane Battier at Duke – someone who does the little things to help his team win with defense, rebounding, etc. That seems to be accurate as he seemed content to run the floor and do the dirty work inside.

The only knock on him was that he continually got caught out of position on the defensive end and would either have to make a great recovery, or would give up the inside bucket.

Perhaps he faded back due to his point guard looking like an All-World type of player.


Mike Gerrity - PG -5'11, 170: this rising senior out of Mater Dei High in California reminds us a lot of Duke bound floor general Greg Paulus. Gerrity has a really strong upper body that allows him to get to the rim almost at will, where he knows how to finish. On this night he seemed to be toying with his opponents' guards, probably making them have nightmares about him driving on them at will.

In addition to scoring, Gerrity knows how to run a team. He made a number of stellar passes, racking up nearly double figure assists, while crashing the boards for 10 rebounds, and coming up with five steals. He's got that sixth sense which allows him to be in the right place at the right time.

On the night we had him finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and five steals.


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