James Keefe: In His <br>Own Words

In continuing his Scout.com Journal segment, Santa Margarita Catholic's <b>James Keefe</b> talks about the reasons he committed to UCLA...

Hey everyone, I'm James Keefe. I am a junior at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Southern California. I am 6'9, 205-pound forward who likes to play the four, but I'll play the three or five spot, too. When I'm not playing basketball I enjoy going to the beach, playing poker with my friends, playing video games and listening to music.

As has already been reported, I committed to UCLA recently. Someone asked about my reason and in all honesty, there isn't just one reason why a player picks a particular school. There are many reasons. Each person must evaluate what is most important to them and in some cases, just go with their gut instinct. Initially, I was a little overwhelmed by the interest that so many schools showed in recruiting me to play college basketball. Due to the enormity, I realized that it would be the best for everyone if I just reduced my list to five schools.

Each of the five schools had things that I liked and things that I didn't like about the school. Overall, UCLA had practically everything I was looking for. It has an excellent academic reputation, it has a long basketball tradition and I was thoroughly impressed with the coaching staff. Living in Southern California all you hear about is UCLA and USC so I guess I grew up rooting for UCLA basketball by default. Nonetheless, I really believe I can fit into their system and potentially contribute in their success in the future. I believe Ben Howland is doing an excellent job of trying to make UCLA a national contender once again and I would like to be a part of this.

As for the timing, even though the recruiting process is fun it is also very time consuming and a chore. Some players really get a kick out of all the attention. Like I said earlier, I was a little overwhelmed by all the attention. I am really glad I made the decision to commit earlier than later. Since UCLA just seemed like a perfect fit for me I decided to announce early and, if I can, help recruit my fellow 2006 teammates. That's more in the line of something I am comfortable with. By committing early I can also concentrate on my remaining two years of high school and begin getting physically ready for college basketball.

Lastly, regarding the question about going to the NBA early, I do not intend to go to the NBA early. I want to experience college and everything about college first. If I am lucky enough to play after college that would be a dream that I have had since I was a kid but that dream will eventually end and you better have something to fall back on, like a good education.

Thanks for reading my second journal and I hope to answer more questions from everyone soon. You can read my original story here: Keefe Journal #1

You can submit questions for James Keefe to answer at: James Keefe Questions

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