Ricky Kreklow Gets Minnesota Interest

Ricky Kreklow, a 6-foot-5 junior shooting guard from Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge, has attracted plenty of recruiting interest, including five scholarship offers. Kreklow, who comes from an athletic family, has also drawn interest from other schools, including Minnesota and will visit the campus this weekend. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kreklow last night to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Ricky Kreklow helped Rock Bridge to a 28-3 record this season and a third-place finish at the Missouri Class 5 state championship tournament, losing in the state semifinals to Chaminade and their star guard Brad Beal. Kreklow averaged 13.7 points per game this past season, but figures to carry more of the scoring load next year with the loss of 6-foot-8 Toledo signee Jordan Dressler, a Mr. Show-Me State Award finalist. The Bruins will return two other starts in rising junior point guard Justin Miller and Division I linebacker prospect Trey Millard, a rising senior.

Kreklow comes from an athletic family. His parents, Wayne and Susan Kreklow, are the head coach and director of volleyball operations, respectively, for the University of Missouri women's volleyball team. Wayne was an All-American basketball player at Drake and played on the Boston Celtics' 1980-81 championship team. Wayne, a 6-foot-guard who was born and played high school basketball in Neenah, Wisconsin. Kreklow was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 3rd round (9th pick, 53rd overall) of the 1979 NBA draft. He averaged 1.2 points and 0.5 rebounds per game in his only NBA season. He also played in the CBA and in Australia.

Kreklow and his father are traveling to Minnesota Thursday to check out the Minnesota campus and he will play for the K.C. Pump N Run AAU team this weekend in the Sabes Invitational at Bloomington Jefferson this weekend.

"We are leaving tomorrow morning to come visit the campus," he said. "We are doing a little tour thing early Friday morning and afternoon, because we play later that night."

Kreklow has relatives im Minnesota. His uncle Mike and Wayne are brothers and the Kreklows are a well-known family in Minnesota basketball. Mike and Marcia's children attended Blaine and now with a recent move, Delano high schools and have had great success.

Cousins John and Ben both starred at Blaine and will be juniors on the South Dakota basketball team next year. John, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 2.8 points per game and Ben, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 1.2 points per game. Kyle Kreklow, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward signed with Minnesota-Crookston last month. Kyle was a three-year varsity starter and four-year letter winner at both Blaine and Delano High Schools. He was named to the Wright County All-Conference team and was team MVP after he averaged 13.6 points per game while shooting 50% from the field and grabbed 8.5 rebounds per game.

Their sister Molly, a 6-foot-1 junior, played for the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team. She led Delano to a sixth place finish in the Class AA Girl's State Tournament. She has committed to play for her uncle and aunt at Missouri in 2010.

Ricky is hoping to get a chance to see his relatives while up in Minnesota.

"Maybe, if I have time," he said. "I'll probably see them while I'm up there. They will probably come to some of my games."

Kreklow has received considerable recruiting interest to date.

"Creighton, Missouri State, Mizzou, Saint Louis and Southern Illinois," he said. "I have five offers. Other schools recruiting is Minnesota, Virginia and K-State is a little bit but not very much. I have not heard from in awhile."

Kreklow said that he is looking forward to his visit to Minnesota.

"I know that they are interested in me coming up there and looking at the campus," he said. "They think that I would be a good fit for the way they play and that I would probably like it up there. I'm going up there to check everything out."

Kreklow said that he has been to the Upper Midwest in the past.

"I've been to Wisconsin a lot," he said. "I have not been to Minnesota often except to visit my cousins. They just moved recently. We go up to Minnesota because we have a lot of family in Wisconsin as well. We will meet in the Wisconsin Dells over Christmas break before basketball took over as a family reunion deal over Christmas break."

Kreklow admits that despite the offer from hometown Missouri, he is looking at the possibility to going away for college.

"It's just one of the deals where it is nice to stay in town, but at the same time you need to leave to grow up," he said. "You can't be right here all the time. College is a time where you just get out and see stuff and learn on your own a bit."

Kreklow admits that he has not gotten a chance to check out many schools yet.

I have not really been able to get anywhere with everyone's schedule so busy," he said. "Parents recruiting all over the place and they have games. I'm all over the place with basketball and my little brother and sister (his brother a sixth grader plays basketball and soccer and his sister, a seventh grader plays soccer, volleyball and basketball) have tournament every weekend. It has been really difficult to find time to go visit, so Minnesota is the first school that I have got to visit since last summer.

Kreklow concentrates on basketball and has not played any other sports in high school, but that could change.

"I played soccer up until eighth grade," he said. "I may play for my senior year. A lot of my friends want me to come back and play, but I would probably just play as a goalie. It is my senior year and we were not going to be very good, so it is just to have fun with that and maybe see how good we can do. I may play soccer in the fall, but other than that I don't play any sports."

Kreklow is an excellent student.

"I have taken the ACT. I took it for the first time in the winter and I got a 26. Academic All-State in Missouri is a 27, so I am going to take it again in the summer. This time, I am going to prepare and study for it a little, instead of going in and just taking it. I am going to prepare and study. I want to get a 28, because that is a goal of mine. I have a 3.72 GPA. It's basically, because my parents have always been on me about that."

Kreklow has begun to think about college majors.

"I am starting to think about it more," he said. "What I have always wanted to do, my lofty goal, was to try to get into orthopedic surgery. That will be tough to juggle with basketball and everything. That kind was what I always wanting to do, but what I think I am going to end up doing. What I am interested in, is to have a business major. I am interested in little entrepreneur stuff and going out and doing your own business and trying to be successful with that. My goal is to try and play professionally somewhere. I don't know where, wherever they would pay me and play basketball, because I love playing. Play that for as long as I can and then when I end up having to retire, having the business major with the money I saved and trying to start a small business and trying to be successful with as well."

Kreklow plays for K>C> Pump N Run, which is one of the Midwest's top AAU programs. Kreklow and his teammates won the Sabes Invitational 16-and-under last spring and new as 17-and-under players, they lost in the Jayhawk Invitational championship game for the first time in five years.

"We played in Denver the week before, but we did not have all our guys there, so we did not play really well," he said. "We lost pretty early in that one. For the Jayhawk Invitational that was this past weekend, we started off pretty slow, but we started to play a lot better towards the end. We just lost to another good team in the championship I bet that if we played them ten times, we would win five or six. They are just a good team. They just got us that day."

They lost to All-Iowa Attack in the Jayhawk Invitational title game and could have a chance to get revenge this weekend.

We are all looking forward to that," he said. "We all want to play them again and give them a beating (laughing).

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