Sibley Center Jake Kreuser Gets Looks

Jake Kreuser, a 6-foot-11 senior center from Mendota Heights (MN) 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 St. Louis assistant coach Porter Moser at an open gym this week. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kreuser to find the latest on his recruitment.

Jake Kreuser helped lead the Warriors to a 27-3 mark last season as he averaged 6.0 points per game. Sibley lost to Wisconsin state champion Madison Memorial and Minnesota Class AAAA champ Hopkins in the regular season. They were the second seed in the Class AAAA state tournament, but were upset by Bloomington Jefferson 60-56 in the first round.

Kreuser will be expected to carry more of the scoring load this season with the graduation losses of Wisconsin signere Mike Bruesewitz (17.4 points per game), Valparaiso signee Chris Halvorsen (14.9) and Division II Concordia St. Paul signee Maurice Hernandez (14.2). He joins forward Mike Rostampour (8.1) as the only returnees among the top nine scorers from last year.

Kreuser participated in an open gym in front of St. Louis assistant coach Porter Moser Tuesday and GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kreuser afterwards to find the latest.

How many offers are you up to right now?

"I am down to one now, because Santa Clara got a commitment and so did Wisconsin Green Bay. North Dakota State is the only current offer."

You were hurt this summer. Where are you right now in terms of getting back to 100%?

"I think that I am probably about 90%. My knee still hurts afterwards, but it is slowly getting back up there. I have done some rehab on it and it is a lot better than it was over the summer.

You are at 223 pounds, about eleven pounds more than last year. Are you still on that 5,000 calorie a day diet?

"Trying to."

What things are you trying to work on, not only in terms of playing, but in leadership. You lost Bruesewitz, Halvorsen and Hernandez and you and Mike will have to be more of the leaders this year.

"I am trying to get all the younger guys to play. Get the team together to work as a team, because that is how you get better by playing as a team."

You played very well tonight. Did you feel good about how you played? You've been working on your hands and your inside moves.

"I have been working a lot on my left hand, getting that stronger over the summer. Working on my vertical a little bit and dunking over a few kids. It felt good."

The knock on big guys is that they play because they are big, but that they don't necessary loved the game. Do you love the game?

"I love it. I'll play 24/7, if I could. I go to school, and classes, just for basketball. I love it."

How are the classes going so far? I know that you are a really good student.

"It is going good. I am keeping up. I've had a lot of tests in this one class, Stats. It is a lot of work."

What is your GPA right now and how did you do on the ACT?

"Right now, it is about a 3.7 and I got a 29 on the ACT."

Are there any schools that you definitely going to try to visit?

"I am going to go down to St. Louis, either the weekend of October 16th or 23rd. I have not narrowed it down qite yet. I have not really planned on any other visits besides that."

Have you thought about when you might make a decision. Are you going to sign early or wait until the spring?

"I think that I am going to wait until the late period. See how the season goes and wait to sign in the late period."

Sibley has been very good the last several years. What are your expectations for the upcoming season?

"I think that we are going to make it back to state. I'd like to win it this year. We have come close the last couple years. We just haven't quite finished. I'd lovae to go in there and win it this time for everyone who has followed us the last couple years."

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