Jake Kreuser Gets Minnesota Interest

Jake Kreuser, a 6-foot-11 junior center from Henry Sibley, is a rapidly developing big man who has made great strides in his game. Kreuser showed off his shotblocking and rebounding skills in front of Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith at the St. Thomas Jamboree and drew an audience with associate head coach Ron Jirsa Friday. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kreuser after the game to find the latest.

Jake Kreuser averaged 5.3 points per game as a sophomore, splitting time between the JV and varsity team for the Warriors, who finished runner-up in Class AAAA and were 26-6 last season. He recently received his first scholarship offer from Santa Clara.

Santa Clara has former Minnesota Gopher director of operations James Ware on their staff. The Broncos signed Raymond Cowels of Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins during the early signing period.

Henry Sibley returns three of their top five scorers and figures to be one of the top teams in Minnesota this season and is currently ranked No. 2 in the state. The Warriors will have one of the top frontcourts in the state with Wisconsin signee Mike Bruesewitz (14.5 points per game), Valparaiso signee Chris Halvorsen (11.7), junior Mike Rostampour, who has offers from North Dakota State and Wisconsin Milwaukee and Kreuser. They also return sharpshooter Maurice Hernandez (11.9), but must replace the leadership of graduated guards Noah Kaiser (9.4) and Peter Leslie (13.7).

The Warriors opened their season Friday against Apple Valley with a 70-47 win as Kreuser scored two points. They face Osseo, and their talented big man Sam Dower is headed to Gonzaga.

Henry Sibley head coach Dasovich said that Kreuser has gotten early interest from many of the country's top programs.

"He is hearing the most from Iowa, Northern Iowa, Minnesota and Wichita State," Dasovich said.

Kreuser has made huge strides in his game during the offseason. He has added 15 pounds to his frame, with what he calls his "Michael Phelps diet" as he consumes nearly 7,000 calories a day. Kreuser had also continued to develop his offensive game to go along with more advanced shotblocking and rebounding skills.

Kreuser has high expectations for this year's squad.

"(I have) the goals of every team: To get to the state championship and win it this time," he said. "We just have to win that conference title and section title and then all the way to the state."

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