This after speaking with SJSU's Coach Nessman according to initial reports.
Keeler is a skilled offensive player who will need to add weight to play at the WAC level.
He has a good feel for the game, and could turn into a very solid WAC player if he gets bigger.
When Keeler played high school ball, Keeler ignited for 33 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists, the Escondido High claimed their second San Diego Section Division II championship in three years, beating Hoover 76-54.
6-3 guard Lorenzo Keeler of San Diego (CA) Escondido committed to San Diego in the middle of his sophomore season. However, he re-opened his recruitment and heard from several top programs. He has decided to stay close to home and committed to San Diego State.
Escondido's Lorenzo Keeler, had backed out of his committment with San Diego State, because his father convinced him to back out on the scholarship offer.
Lorenzo Keeler said that he was always open to hearing from other programs.
"I did not really commit. I was like 98% in the middle of my sophomore year, but I never really committed.
Keeler had said when I spoke to him in Las Vegas during the Las Vegas Summer Classic, that he is looking for a school that offers a good basketball and scholastic combination.
"I'm looking a school that can offer both basketball and academics. I want to get a good education."
Keeler averaged 23.1 points per game as a junior, but boosted his scoring to 32 points in the playoffs for a team that finished 26-5 and was the Division II CIF champion. Keeler's baseline jumper with 0.5 seconds lifted Escondido past Helix 60-59 and earned the Cougars their first section title.
Keeler is a nice mid-major athlete and shooter. We like the fact that he enjoys shooting on the move and is comfortable creating shots that way.
Keeler can hit game winning clutch tri-fectas as well:
Here is a nice story on Keeler, as he spurred his high school team, the escondido cougars to the 2003 CIF Div 2 championship!
Helix loses by one point, here's how the final game went...
The Helix Highlanders were up 5 after the first quarter, 15-10. They were up 3 at the half (36-33). They had a horrible third quarter and Escondido took the lead for the entire second half, holding roughly a 9 gap between themselves and Helix. Then with about 3 minutes left in the game Helix closed to within 2 points. And to top it off with 30 seconds left Helix took back the lead. The hard work of the Highlanders had brought them back into the game.
Helix was then up by 2 and it looked like Escondido had one last chance to tie the game with 20 seconds left. They did get a shot off but missed, the ball was tipped in the air a few times, and an Escondido player gained possession. He took a wild shot from the base line as time expired, but was too late and missed. It looked like Helix had won the championship. But it wasn't over yet...
Helix players were still cheering when the officials stopped them and said someone called time out with 0.5 seconds left in the game. They asked all of the fans to get off of the court and gave Escondido the ball. Escondido inbounded the ball to Lorenzo Keeler, their hottest player of the game, and he made masterful 3-point shot from the right corner.
An unbelievable finish with the final score Escondido 60 Helix 59.