Ricky Kreklow Talks About Minnesota Visit

Ricky Kreklow, a 6-foot-5 junior shooting guard from Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge, visited Minnesota Friday and shined this weekend as a member of the K.C. Pump N Run. Kreklow, who comes from an athletic family, has five scholarship offers and has also drawn interest from other schools, including Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kreklow 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 told GoldenSports.Net that he enjoyed his visit to Minnesota.

"It was nice," he said. "I really liked the nostalgic feel of the gym. It's a old gym, but you can tell there is a lot of history. I really liked the facilities. It's a great locker room. I really liked Tubby Smith. Of course. Great coach who won a national championship. He is a very prestigious coach and the rest of the coaching staff from (Ron) Jirsa to his son (Saul). All the way through. All good coaches. You can just tell that they are going in the right direction."

Kreklow admitted that he could see himself wearing Maroon and Gold in college.

"It's a great place," he said. "It's definitely near the top of my list. It's probably not quite ahead of Mizzou at the time, but it is definitely right up there, probably my second pick at the time. But, who knows what will develop later on this summer as I develop more of a relationship with the coaches and it could possibly very well be where I end up."

Kreklow said that the Gophers did not offer him a scholarship during his visit, but they did discuss that possibility.

"They talked about it," he said. "They said that they are not in any rush and they are not going to try to rush anything. They are going to get out and watch me in July a few times and decide whether it would be a good fit to offer me to give me a chance possibly to play for the program."

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 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.

Kreklow recently told GoldenSports.Net that he 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 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 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."

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