Bluebloods flock to Kegler party

Tucked away in a back gym last weekend in central Florida, Kegler authored one of the most stirring performances at the Adidas Gauntlet.

Watching Mario Kegler take the court for MBA, you wouldn't expect him to be a rising junior. The powerfully built wing already stands as a man among boys, and he utilizes his solid frame to bully his way to the rim and rack up points.

He also takes on a leadership role for his team. In the game I watched him most closely, it was Kegler — standing 6-6 — who served as MBA's primary ballhandler and decision-maker. His squad won that contest in overtime thanks largely to his heroic production both as a scorer and a pressure release valve, and his length and athleticism make him effective off the ball as well.

Although he's currently streaky as a jump shooter, Kegler is capable of big shooting nights and buried four threes in the triumphant overtime contest I observed.

He projects as a highly versatile swingman who's only another year or two away from becoming one of the strongest and most physical wings in the country.

I wrote at the top that you wouldn't expect Kegler to be a rising junior, but upon learning that information and watching him in action, you definitely would expect him to be a high-major priority — which is certainly is.

"Mario's offers are UCLA, Arizona, Ohio State, Tennessee and Baylor," his mentor, Omhar Carter, said. "Duke has shown interest, too." And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Recruiting currently sits on the backburner, and the priority now is to continue adding wrinkles to his game.

"I've been working on my shot and my post-up game," Kegler said. "I want to be able to play the two or the three in college and want to be an all-around player."

Kegler played alongside elite rising senior Malik Newman last season for Jackson (Miss.) Callaway but reportedly will compete for famed Jacksonville (Fla.) ACD next season.

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