Playing his high school ball in Columbia, MO, Ricky Kreklow doesn't exactly hail from a place known for producing lots of high level hoops prospects. However, the near 6-foot-6 junior wing from Rock Bridge High is proving this spring that he can play at a pretty high level and that he's pretty comfortable in any system.
According to Kreklow, the structure of his KC Pump ‘N Run club team allows him to show that he's capable of being effective in any style.
"We'll run, but if we need to we'll run something in terms of a set and get easy baskets," said Kreklow. "It's kind of similar to the way we play at my high school but my high school is a little more dependent on sets. I like playing this up tempo style a little better."
A pure shooter with plenty of range and shot that is released with a high arc and plenty of rotation, Kreklow is more than just a spot up guy. An excellent passer, he also moves well without the ball and runs the court quite well even if he isn't a high flyer. Still, he's not yet sure what type of system will fit him best on the next level.
At this point, though, I'm not even really sure yet," said Kreklow of what type of system he's looking for. "I could see myself playing in a highly structured system but at the same time I could see myself in a less structured system where you are just running."
The owner of an offer from hometown Missouri for quite some time now, Kreklow also has offers from most of the programs in the Missouri Valley. He took an unofficial visit to Minnesota just over a week ago, will trip to Virginia for their Elite Camp in June and has been fielding recent interest from Johnny Dawkins' staff at Stanford.
A high level student who scored a 26 on his first crack at the ACT, Kreklow is still early in the process. He's starting to research the new programs that are calling and won't really focus on the recruiting process until the summer has come to a close.
"I'll kind of start cutting it a little more into the summer and towards the end of summer," Kreklow told The Bootleg. "I'd like to get it down to where I have a really good idea of where I'm going."
Of course, now that he's effectively answered the questions about whether or not he can play at a high level, there's still another question. Can programs outside of Columbia realistically lure him away from his hometown and a program where his parents head the women's volleyball program?
"I'm going to be pretty subjective with how I'm going to pick this," said Kreklow. "Just because Missouri is the hometown team doesn't mean I'm going to go there. I've got to pick based on what's best for me."