"I'm staying in the gym working hard every day, sometimes coming in at 5 in the morning and work out before I go to school," said Kegler. "I do that 3 or 4 days a week. Then I get out of school and work 4 or 5 hours on ball-handling and shooting. I'm also lifting weights and doing pushups to build up my strength."
His hard work is paying off, too. He can do things most players his size can't.
"I can do about anything on the court but I like dribbling and bringing it up the court, breaking down somebody and going to the rim and dunking," said Kegler, who recently participated in the Marc Rowe Adidas Crossroads of the South camp.
There are several things that Kegler continues to work hard on so that he can be the best player possible.
"I still need to work on my dribbling, my shot and my defense," he said.
College coaches like what they have seen from the 2016 prospect.
"They told (AAU MBA Hoops Co-Founder and Coach) Omhar (Carter) that they like that I play hard, defend around the basket," said Kegler. "And they told him to tell me to keep attacking the basket."
Playing for Carter's MBA Hoops AAU program has allowed Kegler to receive a tremendous amount of exposure when it comes to college coaches. And Kegler uses that to motivate him to be even better.
"We went to Kansas (for an AAU event) and I saw a lot of coaches there but I made sure I kept my head on straight so the college coaches wouldn't bother my game," he said. "Seeing all those coaches just motivates me to continue working hard."
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