Gopher BB target commits to Pac 10 school

Bryson Krueger, a 6-7 wing player from Yavapai (AZ) CC, has committed to Arizona State after visiting with the Sun Devil coaches earlier today. He was recently dismissed from the team after being arrested by campus police after a verbal argument with a female college student, causing him to miss the NJCAA Tournament. This caused the Minnesota Gopher coaching staff to back off his recruitment.

Bryson Krueger was named Region I Player of the Year. He was also named a Region I and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference first team selection. Krueger had attracted the attention of Minnesota, Miami of Florida, Creighton, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State and Virginia Tech and was expecting that list to grow at Hutchinson with many of the top programs sending coaches there.

The Roughriders enter Hutchinson with a 27-5 mark before losing their first two games.

Krueger finished third in the conference in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game.

Krueger had gotten the attention of the Minnesota Gopher coaching staff, who recently saw him in action. However, the competition was heating up as Arizona State saw his final two regular season games. Krueger had planned to visit Arizona State in the fall, but the Sun Devils cancelled the visit to evaluate him further.

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.

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