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Kriener talks high school

FREE! Spirit Lake forward Ryan Kriener will be playing for a
different high school heading into his junior year on the basketball court.
It has not hurt him in the eyes of college coaches as multiple Division I offers
have come his way.
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How did your trip to UNI?
"It was good. I went and got a tour of the
facility renovations going on right now. I talked to Coach Jacobson in his
office and that was when he offered me."
What did it feel like adding
another offer?
"I was just really happy and excited to know that a lot of the
hard work is paying off. This is my second and it is time to get some more."
How do you feel about UNI overall?
"It is a good school and a lot of my
family has gone there. It is close to home. I really like the coaching staff and
I've been talking to them for about a year now. It is a good school."
What other schools that haven't offered are interested?
"Drake and Creighton
are the ones really talking to me the most. Some of the other ones are
Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Pepperdine, and North Dakota State."
Do you
have any visits coming up?
"I'm going to visit North Dakota State, South
Dakota State, maybe the University of South Dakota, and I'm going to visit
Drake."
Are any others close to offering?
"From what I've heard, the
closest one would be Drake."
When do you want to make a final decision?
"After the summer of my junior year."
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Do you have a favorite?
"No, I
just want to keep all of the schools in mind then make the best judgment
possible."
Does having so many Barnstormer players at UNI help them?
"I think it does because they have a collection of some really good Barnstormer
kids over the years. That is always interesting."
Where will you be
playing basketball this season?
"I am going to go to Spirit Lake. My mom got
a job over there."
How much have you played with your new team?
"I
played a little bit of summer ball with them. Their coach and my dad are really
good friends from college. I know a few of the kids."
How has the
transition been?
"It has been going a little better than expected. I thought
it'd be kind of rough. I already have a few friends over there."
What was
the reason behind the switch?
"It was just a job thing. My mom got a good job
over there and my parents have always wanted to live on a lake so they decided
to pursue that."
*Since this interview, Kriener has been offered by Western Illinois.
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