Pflueger eager to amplify role

A capable shooter and key cog for the Oakland Soldiers, the California native is in his first year with the Soldiers and has made a name for himself in the EYBL.

His scoring average is a modest 9.5 points per game, but that's what happens when you share the court with teammates such as Ivan Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman and Chimezie Metu.

But Rex Pflueger slots into a critical role for the Oakland Soldiers, which have lost some games unexpectedly but remain one of the league's most potent forces. Pflueger himself — who's known as a three-point specialist — actually has slumped this spring to a 10-47 mark from deep. That said, he closed his Hampton weekend with a 16-point outing that included a 4-9 mark on long bombs.

In a way, the fact that he generally has received positive reviews underscores that he's more than a specialist. Pflueger boasts pretty good quickness, passes cleverly and leaps effortlessly for slams on the break. He also shoots with a quick release that, once he emerges from his drought, will be difficult for opponents to contest.

He also has enjoyed extensive access to star talent. Even more than with the Soldiers, he teamed with elite athlete and competitor this past season for Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei and gained immeasurably from the experience.

"Stanley's been teaching me about leadership and how to establish myself as the leader for the team next year," Pflueger said. "He's a great person to learn from."

Pflueger noted that he didn't shoot as well as he wanted during the high school year, either, but that his goal was to prove he's a more rounded player. His past few weeks on the circuit certainly have enabled him to make that case, and once he regains his previous form he should thrive both presently and in the future.

His scholarship offers have begun to mount as well, with high-majors on both coasts inviting him to receive a free education at their school.

"Florida, USC, San Diego State, Virginia, UConn, Notre Dame and Cal have offered" Pflueger said. "Stanford is also interested, but obviously they have to clear me through admissions first."

Meanwhile, according to an email from his father, Utah State, Cal-Poly, N.C. State and Boston College also have offered.

Moving forward, Pflueger has an idea in mind how to proceed.

"I'd like to narrow the list pretty soon and then decide before my senior season," he said. "I don't care about the position they're recruiting me to play, I just want to play my game."

Pflueger ranks No. 82 in the Class of 2015.

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