Krueger likes the Cats

Arizona's pursuit for a new wing recruit may have them looking no further than Phoenix. Bryson Krueger, a 6-6 wing from Phoenix (Mountain Pointe), Ariz., has been on Arizona's list of priority recruits for quite some time and the other instate schools (NAU and ASU) have also shown interest. Krueger consistently led his team in scoring and rebounding at the Pump Easter Tournament and since that time others have jumped on his bandwagon.

"UCLA has showed a lot of interest," Krueger said. "Stanford calls me a lot too and I've even had calls from Wake Forest, Rice, Texas Tech, UNLV and New Mexico."

Krueger has not been offered a scholarship by Arizona but the Wildcats remain at the top of his list.

"I'd like to go to Arizona if it works out," Krueger said. "I talked to coach (Jay) John and said Coach Olson wants to see me play some more during the summer camps. He hasn't really seen me play that much. He came up one of our shoot-around, but he hasn't seen me work out or seen play much."

Krueger hopes the summer camps will gain him a scholarship to the UA.

"I can't wait for the camps," Krueger said. "I'm excited, but it's a lot different than playing with my high school team. It's always harder to get into the flow of the game when you're playing with guys you haven't played with."

Krueger might have a little more difficulty when playing with strangers but when I've had the opportunity to watch him play he's been superb. He has a nose for the ball and his aggressive style makes him standout on the court. He plays hard at both ends of the court but he's particularly aggressive on the offensive end. Krueger is more of a scorer than a pure shooter. He always finds a way to put points on the board. He can hit the three-pointer or create his own shot, but he' a great rebounder and gets a lot of his points off the offensive glass.

"I've always gone after the ball," Krueger said. "That's why I get so many points off the glass. I just like having the ball in my hands."

Krueger, who was probably as good a baseball player before giving up the game to concentrate on basketball is also a self-described "gym rat" with a passion for hoops.

"I used to play baseball," said Krueger, who played centerfield and pitched. "But I quit playing after my freshman year because I love to play basketball. It's all I do year around. I dream about playing in college and eventually in the NBA. I've always had that dream."

To make his dreams come true, Krueger knows he must improve.

"I need to work on my ball handling," Krueger said. "I go better to my left and need to work on going right. And I've worked on my footwork and it's really improved. Now I can guard the big wings or little guards. I just need to keep working."

Krueger constantly works on his game and the mechanics are decidedly improved. But like most 16 years olds he needs to get stronger, so he's also been spending his time in the weight room.

"I've grown since last year," Krueger said. "My coach measured me at 6-6 ½ and I've gained five pounds. I weigh 189."

Krueger will begin the summer circuit at the ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ. He's not sure where he'll go after that but he'll play in the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament before returning to Phoenix.

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