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KAZA KAJAMI-KEANE LOOKING FOR RIGHT FIT IN CLASS OF 2012
Canadian point guard Kaza Kajami-Keane has made another move. With many of the schools in on his recruitment looking for backcourt help to finish their Class of 2012 recruiting, Keane has scrapped plans for a post-grad season and is now looking to sign this spring and help one of those schools find their solution to their 2012 recruiting.
“There was a lot of thinking that went into me going to college this up coming year, but the main ones were how I already have the right grades and right academic habits to go forth and go to college,” Kajami-Keane told NBE over the weekend, “so there wasn’t really a need academically to stay in high school. Also another reason was because a lot of schools that were recruiting me were really interested in getting in a [Class of] 2012 point guard, so I felt that I would jump at the situation when it arose.”
Kajami-Keane hopes to find that right situation because he feels the time is now to move on to college and take his game to that next level.
“Even though Christian Faith has been a great situation for me to improve, college is just another step above high school to improve and me and my family felt to get better and progress college would be the best situation,” he added.
The 6-foot-2, 183-pound point guard really shined at the recent Flyin’ to the Hoop event in Dayton (OH). His ability to attack in transition, show range from the perimeter and distribute the ball in Christian Faith Center Academy’s win has catapulted his recruitment forward as one of the more-sought players in this spring recruiting period.
“I loved the Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament because it really allows you to demonstrate your talent and show yourself,” he said. “In regards to the recruiting, it kind of just projected me out there and…the schools that already were interested in me from before…were there [too].”
On the AAU trail Kajami-Keane had run with Grassroots Canada, Ro Russell’s program that has been churning out Division-1A players routinely. Russell is also the coach at Christian Faith Center Academy which drew Kajami-Keane from Canada to the North Carolina school. The change of scenery has taken some time to get used to, but it is also part of growing up and being prepared for college and future experiences.
“Everything at Christian Faith is good,” said Kajami-Keane. “I First chose the school because I had a great relationship with my coach, he is from Toronto [and] also was my AAU coach, so I felt like he would be looking out for me the most in the long run.
It isn’t like Toronto, it’s a lot more country and outdoor-ish, I guess you can say, but the situation and experience to meet new people learn new things has been great.”
As a player, Kajami-Keane views himself as a two-way point guard. He takes pride in his ability to set up his teammates and distribute the basketball, but he can also score when the situation calls for it. Knowing how to utilize that mix of his individual talent is what he considers his greatest strength on the court.
“I also think the strength in my game is my [basketball] IQ, I really love to think the game…and know how too,” he said.
In an effort to improve and be ready for college next fall Kajami-Kenae is putting in the work. He is making every effort he possibly can to improve his shooting to make it more consistent, because as he points out “your shot can never be to good.” He is also working to prepare his body for a more physical style ahead.
“What I’m trying to get better before I go to college is I want to get stronger,” he said. “My body isn’t at the level me and my coaches think it should be at to be at the college level yet, but we will do all it takes to get it there.”
There is a wide variery of schools recruiting Kajami-Keane and he listed Georgia Tech, Marquette, Tennessee, Connecticut, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, and a few others. Nobody has established themselves as a favorite at this time.
“I’m going to just stay open to all schools so signing to any school is an option [at this point],” he said.
Kajami-Keane has been planning to visit Rhode Island, Nebraska, Georgia Tech and a few others, but he is still looking to get things settled before making trips and planning possible officvial visits. There is no time frame for a decision, but he would like to announce a decision when surrounded by his friends and family.
“I’m not completely sure [of a decision time frame], but I would like to announce and make the decision during a period when I am back home in Toronto so my family and friends could be there,” he said. “Factors [in that decision] that would be important is academics…I’d like to take either psychology or law, also a school where I have a great relationship with the coach and my teammates and also somewhere where I could improve and excel to become the player I one day hope to be.”
NBE will continue to monitor the recruitment of Kaza Kajami-Keane as plenty of schools are interested in adding the newly reclassified Class of 2012 point guard to their spring recruiting haul.
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