Yavapai JC Player Settles on ASU

Bryson Krueger a 6-7 small forward from Yavapai Junior College in Prescott, AZ knew that the hometown Sun Devils were always at the top of his recruiting list. Thus, when he met with head coach Rob Evans today, and heard that the scholarship offer is still on the table, he wasted no time in pulling the trigger.

"I was thinking about visiting some places like Oklahoma before I commit," said Krueger who played at Phoenix's Mountain Pointe High School. "But I like ASU so much that there's no point visiting other schools. I know I'm gonna play right away, and being that it's close to home is just a bonus."

The small forward did commit to Vanderbilt out of high school, and actually enrolled with the school. However, he never played a game there and ended up at Junior College. He's on target to graduate this semester, and should be available to play three years at ASU starting in the fall.

Krueger, who was named the 2004 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference player of the year, told DevilsDigest that the coaches envision him as an offensive threat that can assist the double and triple teams that Sun Devils' star Ike Diogu was experiencing all of this past season.

One issue that shouldn't affect his basketball game, but still needs to be settled is a legal matter that occurred on his junior college campus last month. Krueger was arrested after a female student alleged verbal harassment against him and three of his teammates. Consequently, all four of them were kicked off the team. "If I accept the charges," he said, "The whole issue would go away quickly. But I'm feeling I should protect my name. I'm just going to consult with my lawyers and see what I should to."

While Krueger's verbal commitment does fill all the allotted scholarships for the Sun Devils, there has been wide speculation that ASU will free up one more scholarship to sign a junior college point guard.

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