While his name doesn't show up on the national rankings, Columbia Rock Bridge junior Ricky Kreklow is establishing himself as a legitimate high major prospect. The son of Missouri women's volleyball coaches Wayne and Susan Kreklow, the 6-foot-6 wing is starting to attract more and more attention as he sorts out the recruiting process.
First up has been changing gears from high school ball to the more fast paced schedule and travel of grassroots ball.
"It's pretty easy actually," said Kreklow of switching gears. "After you get going with it and once you start playing it's all basketball. At first it's a little different because you are getting used to playing with different guys but after that it goes real well."
A noted shooter who can stretch defenses from long range, Kreklow is also a gifted passer and skilled perimeter player. As he's started to do his homework on college programs, he's been watching things much closer even if he isn't yet entirely sure what type of system will fit him best on the next level.
"I've watched a lot more (college basketball) this year than I have in the past. I've had to start paying attention to how teams play and how I can fit in there," said Kreklow of what he's looking for in a system. "I'm not even sure yet. I would like to play in an uptempo system but at the same time have sets and run off screens and get open shots."
Headed into the spring, Kreklow held offers from Missouri and most of the Missouri Valley Conference while Saint Louis, Minnesota (where he visited unofficially last week) and others were keeping tabs. More recently, programs like Stanford and Virginia have jumped into the fray.
Not surprisingly, the hometown kid hears from lots of people who feel he should stay home for college.
"There's a little bit of pressure," Kreklow said of staying home. "I hear it from all of my friends all the time that I should go to MU. But, that's really not going to play a part in my decision."
While he says that he won't be swayed by the pressure from friends to stay home, he also admits that he's been able to develop a pretty strong relationship with Mike Anderson's Tiger basketball program.
"I see them a lot," Kreklow told Inside Mizzou of the Tiger staff and players. "Just being at their camps a lot and seeing them around MU all the time because I'm up there with my parents a lot. I know them pretty well and it's more of a relationship than I have with any other college."
For now, though, Kreklow is focusing on the upcoming summer and remains open to schools who would like to recruit him. After the summer winds down, he'll research things further and go from there.
"I'm going to wait until after the summer to do anything and make any decisions," said Kreklow of his timetable. "I'm just going to play this summer and see where it takes me."