Ryan Kriener knows he’ll play Division I college basketball. Now, he awaits a complete picture of his options.
The 6-foot-10, 245-pound power forward from Spirit Lake (IA) High already reports scholarship offers from South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois, Indiana State, Lehigh, Pepperdine, North Dakota and Miami (Ohio). The senior-to-be said Nebraska is in consistent contact with him, and that Iowa and Creighton speak to his coach often.
Kriener said he struggled during the spring live period due to poor conditioning following surgery to repair a broken nose. He was pleased with his play during the recent dead period and felt poised to make the most out of the July AAU evaluation period running with Martin Brothers.
Power 5 conference schools want to see a more diverse game from Kriener before offering.
"It’s going to be showing more perimeter versatility and just really showcasing my athleticism," he said.
Kriener led Spirit Lake to a 21-5 mark last season. He averaged 19.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. He shot 71.3 percent from the field, which included 2 of 11 on three-pointers, and 56.9 on free throws.
"I’d say I’m happy with (recruiting). Schools that think I can really fit in there are the ones that are talking to me and that’s all you can really ask for," he said.
Kriener visited Iowa last fall. Coach Fran McCaffery traveled to Spirit Lake for one of his games during the season. The Hawkeyes have been speaking with Indians Coach Nathan Loenser.
"(Loenser is) telling me that they like me they just need to see more. I know they just want to keep the relationship and just see where things go," Kriener said.
Nebraska has had more direct contact with Kriener, he said.
"I’m going to go down to a camp of theirs sometime. I’ve taken a few visits down there, been to a few games. I know that they really like me and they just need to see a little more," he said.
Kriener has not locked in any summer visits outside of Nebraska but has several schools he’s hoping to see unofficially.
"I know that I’m going to go down to Creighton sometime. I may go to Pepperdine, maybe to Miami (Ohio) and maybe another one to Iowa," he said.
Kriener said that he hasn’t narrowed down his choices from his list of offers. A few schools do stand out, however.
"At this point, it’s pretty wide open. I do like Miami (Ohio) just because school wise they have a lot of stuff I’m looking for and they have had a really good program. I really like (UNI’s) staff. I’ve known them for a long time because they were one of the first schools to recruit me. I’ve been there a lot. I’m very comfortable with them," he said.
Kriener developed a plan for his recruitment at its beginning. He’s remained comfortable sticking to it.
"With my whole recruiting process, I said from Day 1 that I’m going to play out this last July period and look what’s on the table. After that, I’ll go from there and pick five schools to visit officially. If I like something on an official, I could commit on the spot. My decision could be coming up in August. I just want to have everything on the table so I can make the best decision possible," he said.