2016 Hoops Recruiting Class: Ryan Kriener

Of the five signees in the class of 2016, Ryan Kriener is probably the most unheralded, but that doesn't mean fans shouldn't be excited about what he can bring to the Iowa Basketball program.

Kriener is a Spirit Lake, IA product which is about a four and a half hour trip northwest from Iowa City, but that didn't stop Kriener from growing up a Hawkeye fan.  Kriener didn't play his high school basketball at a big school, but did play with the Iowa Barnstormers on the AAU circuit, so he does have experience going up against talented players.

At 6'8" and 220 pounds, he has legitimate size and is likely going to be slotted at the stretch four spot, especially given his ability to hit from the outside.

Iowa has a host of players that are able to play the four and five spots on the court.  When you take Dom Uhl, Ahmad Wagner, Tyler Cook, and Dale Jones, that is four guys that are able to fill those spots.  That leads me to believe Kriener is headed for a redshirt season in his first year.  You throw in 2016 signee Cordell Pemsl and it's getting pretty crowded.


He rebounds the ball well and plays really well in the pick and roll offense.  He'll fit nicely into pick and pop situations with Jordan Bohannon (fellow 2016 signee) as their careers as Hawkeyes unfold.  They both can shoot the basketball really well and teams will likely have to key on that in the future.  

If Iowa hadn't went out and signed a Scout top 100 player in Tyler Cook, Kriener would probably be getting more attention in this class.  Even though he is somewhat overshadowed by Cook, Kriener is no slouch.  Scout has him as a three star prospect and he held offers from Northern Iowa, Pepperdine, and Indiana State before ultimately choosing Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes.

I believe a redshirt season is what he is headed for in his first year, but he'll have an impact in his redshirt freshman season.  Like I said, he has the size, but just needs to round out his game a little, especially when it comes to getting his shot off quickly.  His back to the basket game could use some rounding out, but I think what jumps out most at me is his ability to pass and his footwork. 

He's an exceptional passer for how big he is and his great footwork is on display in his highlight tape. 

He seems like a very smart player and shouldn't have a problem succeeding at Iowa.  

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