Gopher BB target Bryson Krueger attracts attention

Junior college 6-7 wing player Bryson Krueger of Yavapai (AZ) CC has gotten the attention of the Minnesota Gopher coaching staff, who recently saw him in action. However, the competition is heating up as a Pac-10 team caught him in action on Tuesday and plans to watch him close the regular season Thursday at Chandler/Gilbert.

Bryson Krueger was watched by the Arizona State coaching staff as the Roughriders faced Arizona Western at home. He had planned to visit Arizona State in the fall, but the Sun Devils cancelled the vist to evaluate him further.

Krueger is having an excellent season for Yavapai, who was ranked #17 in the most recent NJCAA poll. They are 24-5 overall and 18-3 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.

Krueger averaged 16.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game and shot 58% from the field, 26% from three-point range and 73% from the free-throw line for Tempe (AZ) Mountain Pointe. He finished as the school's career scoring leader with 1,138 points in three seasons, averaging 14.4 points per contest.

Krueger signed with Vanderbilt, but left the team early in his freshman season. He decided to transfer to Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Ariz., and play for head coach Brooks Thompson, a former NBA guard. He attended Yavapai for the second semester last season, but did not play. He would have three years of Division I eligibility after this season.

Krueger has gained 20 pounds of muscle since high school and plays on a talented junior college team. Sophomore point guard Keion Kindred, who signed with UTEP, but decided to go the juco route, was a one-time Gopher target.

Minnesota has seen him play twice and will continue to evaluate him. He visited Miami of Florida and has interest from Arizona State, Creighton, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State and Virginia Tech.

Yavapai made the NJCAA tournament last season and is the favorite to come out of Region I. The Gophers are expected to watch him in action, if they return to Hutchinson again this March.

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