Kreuser Enjoys First Official Visit

Jake Kreuser, a 7-foot center from Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, Minn., took his first official visit this weekend, took in an exhibition game and enjoyed some frozen custard with Rick Majerus.

Kreuser, who averaged 6.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game as a junior as the Warriors went 27-3, had to cancel an earlier official visit to Saint Louis University.

But this time he was able to make the trip with his mother and seemed to enjoy every minute of it.

The visit included watching practices, going to a class on embryology with junior guard Paul Eckerle, watching SLU's 61-47 victory over St. Ambrose and some meals with Majerus, who is entering his third season as the Billikens head coach.

Among the highlights of the visit was a trip to one of the St. Louis landmarks, Ted Drewes, for some frozen custard with Majerus.

"I liked the whole experience," Kreuser said. "It went really well. I like the school a lot."

The 7-foot, 220-pound center, who is planning an official visit to Lafayette of the Patriot League next, does not have a scholarship offer from the Billikens, but could possibly get one in the not-to-distant future.

"They are really interested, which is why I went down there," Kreuser said. "They are going to keep watching me. They are really interested and they said they would love me to come play there. I'm not sure what is going to happen."

The scholarship situation with Saint Louis is complicated.

The Billikens are expected to sign two players this month — small forward Dwayne Evans from Neuqua Valley High School in Illinois and combo guard Mike McCall from Chicago Foreman High in Illinois — that will account for the Billikens' only available scholarships.

But SLU is still waiting to hear from the NCAA whether or not freshman forward Cody Ellis from Australia will be eligible this season. Ellis remains in Australia and would now have to enroll in school for the second semester.

If Ellis isn't cleared by the NCAA and doesn't end up at SLU, or if someone currently on the roster chooses to transfer, the Billikens would have a scholarship to offer Kreuser or another post player to add some size to the team.

For Kreuser, the next step is taking his official visit to Pennsylvania next weekend to take a look at the Lafayette College campus and facilities and spend some time with the Leopards.

Kreuser said it's possible that if he really likes his visit to Lafayette he could make a commitment and end the recruiting process, but it's probably more likely that he will let the process play out and see what happens over the next few months.

"I'm happy with where I'm at," Kreuser said. "I'm just going to play out the season, maybe get some more offers, and then sign in the late signing period."

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