Jeff Varem, the rugged 6-5, 230 pound guard/forward from Vincennes J.C. in Indiana, checked in with JUCO Junction this week to provide us with the latest information on his recruitment.
Varem took his second official visit this past weekend (Apr. 25-27) to Wyoming. His first trip came the weekend before (Apr. 18-20) to Washington State.
Next up on the docket will be an official visit to Villanova, tentatively scheduled for this weekend (May 2-4). Varem said that if he has some final exams coming up, he may push the visit back to the weekend of May 9-11.
Earlier this month, Varem took an unofficial visit to Butler University, but he told the Bulldog staff at that time that he essentially wasn't interested in attending the school.
After his Villanova trip, Varem is expected to pick from among the three finalists on his list.
"Even though Washington State hasn't had a winning season in a while, I know Head Coach Dick Bennett very well, because he recruited me when he was at Wisconsin," Varem said. "We've been close since that time and he's almost like family."
Varem played high school basketball in the state of New Jersey after arriving in the United States from Nigeria several years ago.
At the time, he formed close relationships with New Mexico Asst. Coach Joe Dooley and Seton Hall Asst. Coach Fred Hill. Dooley is now on staff at Wyoming while Hill works at Villanova under Jay Wright.
"Joe Dooley is from New Jersey," Varem said. "Fred Hill recruited me when he was at Seton Hall, and I like the people that have looked out for me."
While he has close relationships that date back years with each of the staffs recruiting him, certain factors could sway Varem toward one program over another.
"The school is very important and I plan on majoring in economics," he said. "I would like a chance to play and to get a good degree."
JUCO Junction will stay on top of Varem's situation this spring until he reaches a decision, so stay tuned to this site as the end of the signing period approaches.