The basketball off-season is a time for strength development and conditioning. ShowMeMizzou spoke with another of Missouri's incoming freshmen about what he's been doing.
"Ever since the season ended, I've kind of made it a personal goal," said incoming 2010 freshman, Ricky Kreklow 6'5" 195 pounds. "It's going to be necessary, especially at the next level, for me to put on some weight, and get my lower body and my upper body stronger. It's going to be more physical competition, as well. I kind of have a goal to be at 210 pounds, as soon as I can."
After playing his senior season at 185 pounds, Kreklow is already up to 195 pounds. He's been working hard in the weight room since the end of the season, in addition to drinking protein shakes three times a day, and eating three or four meals a day.
"It's hard, too! Because I've never been a big eater," said Kreklow. "It's almost harder to make myself eat than to go lift."
Ricky said that following back surgery last summer, that he is utilizing a "modified program to avoid loading my back up with a lot of weight."
He will matriculate to Missouri in June, and begin taking classes in the first four-week summer session, which begins June 7th. At that time, he'll be able to work with Coach Deets on his strength and conditioning.
He's already been playing in pick-up games with the Missouri players in open gym several days per week.