November 28, 1989 |
Adam Keefe came home Monday, where he: --Was honored by having his high school basketball uniform retired at Irvine's Woodbridge High. --Was roasted by UC Irvine basketball fans--"Irvine wasn't good enough for you, huh?" --Was horrible in the first half against Irvine. --Was nearly unstoppable in the second, leading Stanford to a 70-57 nonconference victory in the Bren Center. Keefe scored 20 points, 14 in the second half, and grabbing 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinal (2-0).
March 2, 1988 |
For the first two years, there was talk. But it was mostly hushed talk, mere rumblings of what was to come. Then, last year, the murmurs became shouts and exclamations, a deluge of praise and a flood of predictions. Now the accolades are commonplace, the lofty comparisons an everyday occurrence. And through it all, in his four years on the Woodbridge High School varsity basketball team, Adam Keefe has kept his feet on the ground. Except, of course, when he's dunking the ball.
March 9, 1988 |
If a team needs to come back from the dead, and that team happens to be the Woodbridge High School boys' basketball team, there is no question about who is going to be the guy giving the mouth-to-mouth. The resuscitator, Adam Keefe, went to work Tuesday night, leading Woodbridge to a 59-49 victory over San Diego Kearny in the Southern California Regional Division II playoffs at Mira Mesa High School.
March 19, 1991 |
Adam Keefe had 33 points and 14 rebounds, leading Stanford to an 80-72 victory over Wisconsin Monday night in a second-round game of the National Invitation Tournament at Madison, Wis. Keefe had 21 points in the first half as Stanford (17-13) raced to a 21-5 lead and led, 39-30, at halftime. Stanford opened the second half with an 8-0 run for a 47-30 lead. The Cardinal led, 60-42, before the Badgers (15-15) rallied.
February 24, 1988 |
No, Adam Keefe did not score 47 points again. Yes, the Woodbridge High School center did dominate a playoff game again. Woodbridge (20-5) overcame an uneven first quarter to defeat Cabrillo, 77-51, in the second round of the Southern Section 2-A boys' basketball playoffs. Keefe, who scored a career-high 47 points in the first-round game against Elsinore, scored 32 points Tuesday night and had 17 rebounds. He is averaging 39.5 points and 19.5 rebounds in this season's playoffs.
January 23, 1992 |
Along about now, the skeptics believed, Adam Keefe would start kicking himself, regretful that he returned to Stanford for his senior year instead of accepting the riches of the NBA. He would be physically beaten down, unable even with his broad shoulders and back to handle the burden of carrying a young, inexperienced team while being mugged in the low post game after game by defenders willing to try anything within the rules--and some not--to stop him.
January 20, 1996 |
Adam Keefe hasn't needed a cut man in a month, a season high. No opponent, or Utah Jazz teammate, has clipped his face in that time. In 35 games, Keefe has needed 28 stitches for various cuts and gashes, from his lower lip to above his left eye. Errant elbows have found their mark far too often this season, in Keefe's opinion. Still, there is a subtle message in this carnage. Keefe, a star at Woodbridge High and Stanford, has adapted in order to survive in the NBA.
February 17, 1990 |
When Adam Keefe phoned Stanford Coach Mike Montgomery to tell him that he planned to play for the Cardinal, the news was greeted by silence at the other end of the line. Had Montgomery fainted? Stanford, its exemplary academic reputation notwithstanding, doesn't often win recruiting battles against North Carolina for blue-chip basketball players. So, when Montgomery realized his coup, it took him a few seconds to collect his thoughts. "What do you say?" he asked, recalling his moment of silence.
January 1, 1986 |
The box score may show that Monday night's Battle of the Big Men--Brea-Olinda High School's 6-foot 10-inch senior Kevin Walker and Woodbridge's 6-7 sophomore Adam Keefe--came out even, since both centers had 22 points in the championship game of the Brea-Olinda Tournament. But Keefe was the clear winner, scoring 12 points to lead a second-half comeback that lifted the Warriors to a 58-49 victory and the tournament championship in Brea's gym.
July 25, 1989 |
Feet can be fickle. So when Adam Keefe's considerable boats felt uncomfortable in Olympic Festival-issued high tops, he turned to a pair of old friends for help, his Stanford sneakers from last season. There among the spanking-new shoes of his West basketball teammates stood Keefe and his Cardinal-red models. They had been through the wars of a freshman season that saw Keefe, a Woodbridge man, average 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds.