Last year, Tyrone Jackson was the co-player junior college player of the year in California. In his sophomore year the point guard averaged 23.9 points per game, 7.4 assists, and 6.4 rebounds. All those were team highs, as well as his 118 steals, and 69 blocks. He also considered USC and San Diego State, but ended up committing to ASU a day after his visit in late March.
"I had press conference at 2PM," said Jackson. "There were a lot of people there. But it was no big deal for me to sign. I wasn't nervous or anything like that." Despite all the accolades and achievements in the junior college level. Jackson wasn't promised a starting job at ASU, nor does he believe that he has already earned it. "I know I have to
come in here, work hard, and pay my dues," stated Jackson. "I need to learn quick, and see what the coaches want me to do."
Jackson cited the campus environment and the Sun Devil coaches as the biggest factors that led him to settle on ASU. "It also has great weather, " he said. "I hate cold weather, and the weather at ASU is nice." The point guard said that he has four more classes to take until he gets his AA degree in May. Once he does achieve that degree, he plans to come to Tempe in June or July.
It has been a turbulent last couple of months for Bryson Krueger (pictured), a 6-7 small forward from Yavapai Junior College in Prescott, who played his high school ball at Phoenix's Mountain Pointe. He 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.
Eventually, the case was dismissed due to the fact that the accuser admitted fabricating the whole incident. In a previous interview to DevilsDigest, Krueger vowed to fight this charge, and ultimately it paid off. "If I accept the charges," he said then, "The whole issue would go away quickly. But I'm feeling I should protect my name." Tonight he told DevilsDigest "I feel good about that being cleared of the charges. But I wish the whole thing never happened."
All along the ASU coaches believed in Kruger's character, and that vote of confidence when may doubted him did pay off for the maroon and gold. His talent however was never in doubt. He was named the 2004 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference player of the year, in a season where he averaged 18.5 points per game.
Krueger faxed his letter mid-morning, and had other pressing issues on his mind when he was inking his future with Arizona State. "I signed and faxed the letter at 9:45 AM," he said. "I was there with Coach (Brooks) Thompson. It was really quick because I had to rush to class." Speaking of Thompson, for weeks now he has been rumored as the leading candidate for the vacant assistant coach job with the Sun Devils. Naturally, Krueger feels that continuing to get coached by his junior college skipper is a very comforting notion. "I think it would be great if it happened," he said. "It would make it an easy transition."
According to the small forward, playing once again in front of his family and friends didn't play a crucial factor in his decision to don the maroon and gold this coming year. He does however take pride in playing for the Sun Devils. "It's kinda neat that out of all the 15 guys on the team I'll be the only one from here (in the Phoenix area)."
Krueger, who did commit to Vanderbilt out of high school but never played, is also on track to receive his AA degree in May. "I have 17 credits left," he said. "I'm in a good position to pass my classes. As long as I can stay on top of things, I'll be fine." And the ASU basketball roster looks to be in good shape as well with their two latest signings…
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