2017 Intro: Cameron Krutwig

If college coaches are in need of a fundamentally-sound post player, who is polished yet still has plenty of room for growth, then 6'9”, 255-pound 2017 power forward/center Cameron Krutwig (Jacobs High School) could be their guy.

Just a rising junior, Cameron Krutwig has a game that is still evolving and he could become a hot name in Illinois for the 2017 class. Krutwig knows how to get positioning and use his body underneath. He is good at making up and under moves while eating the glass at the same time. His game is very reminiscent of ex-Xavier big man Matt Stainbrook.

While not blessed with breathtaking athleticism, plain and simple, Krutwig gets the job done on know-how and basketball smarts.

Krutwig, an Algonquin native, is having a fine season on the Under Armour Association (UAA) U16 circuit with the Young Legends squad. He ranks first in rebounding among the 16-U group, as well as chipping in 13.9 points per game.

Krutwig is enjoying the circuit and is learning a lot about the tough competition he faces night in and night out.

“Just get better,” said Krutwig when he laid out his goals for his summer. “I want to work on my outside game a little more— 15 feet and out— (plus) dribbling and stuff like that.”

“I've think we've done an alright job,” Krutwig added about how his season is going with the Young Legends. “We strive for greatness and want to get better. We're something like 7-5. We could be better, but at least we are not in the bottom half.”

Krutwig knows he has things to work on if he wants to reach his full potential.

“(I need to) work on my 15-feet game.” Krutwig said. “Everybody wants that stretch-four. I don't know if I'm going to be (a great shooter) but (I want to work on) dribbling, spinning and stuff like that.”

As for recruiting, Krutwig has caught the eye of DePaul, as they want him to come visit the school soon. He currently holds offers from UAB and Vermont.

Krutwig hasn't heard much about DePaul, as they are new to the scene in regards to his recruitment. However, associate head coach Rick Carter has reached out to Krutwig's AAU coach Mike Weinstein about getting Krutwig to visit DePaul.

And remember when I said Krutwig's game is very reminiscent of Matt Stainbrook? Well, you know you had an instrumental part in Stainbrook's development? You guessed it, Rick Carter. Carter helped recruit Stainbrook to Western Michigan when Carter was a coach there and they also went to Xavier together.

“I know it's in the city,” Krutwig said about his knowledge about DePaul. “They have a new coach, so it's exciting (getting interest).”

It will be a while before Krutwig decides on his future school, but he is clearly a name to monitor in the 2017 Illinois class, as he has the post skills you want in a center.

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