There likely isn’t a player in the senior class who garnered more overall Division I offers than Jacobs big man Cameron Krutwig. With 20-plus scholarship offers, the 6-8 senior certainly had his share of options.
He was even in the habit of answering every phone call he took with, “Hey, coach …” no matter who it was, including when the Hoops Report rang him this morning, calling it almost a “nervous tick” from answering so many recruiting calls in recent months.
But in an old school recruitment where sincerity and consistency mattered, it was the school and coaching staff that was on him the longest and hardest that won out. Krutwig, one of the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s top 10 prospects in the Class of 2017, committed to Loyola and coach Porter Moser Tuesday morning.
“That certainly played a part in it,” says Krutwig of Loyola’s very early interest. “Coach Moser and Loyola was with me the longest. That great relationship I have with coach Moser, which was the best relationship I have built with any head coach, was a big factor. He’s a great guy, a good coach and someone who is going to help put me in a position to succeed.”
The interest went both ways for Krutwig, who says he’s big on loyalty. He had multiple options to change AAU teams but stayed true to his team [Fundamental U] on the club circuit.
“I”m going to stick it out with those who are loyal to me,” says Krutwig of Moser and Loyola assistant coach Bryan Mullins, who was the lead recruiter. “I could have changed AAU teams once all the interest picked up, but I’m a loyal guy. And I wanted to loyal to Loyola, who was with me from the start.”
A tremendous passer with post instincts and touch around the basket, Krutwig believes the fit at Loyola is ideal. He emphasized the location, the level of play in the Missouri Valley Conference and the fact there is plenty of youth in the program as additional influences in his decision.
“It’s a young group –– they only have two scholarships in my class –– so there are a lot of players that will be coming back,” says Krutwig. “So those guys there now, the ones I’ve gotten to know, those are the ones I will be playing with in practice and in games. I’m excited because I think I fit in well with them. They are gym rats who work hard.”
Krutwig recognizes the opportunity at Loyola and the goals he has in place when he gets there.
“My goal and expectation is to win the [Missouri] Valley and go to the NCAA Tournament,” says Krutwig. “That’s what I want.”
With Krutwig on board, it’s a big step in that direction for Loyola. He plays a premium position as a true big man who can play effectively on the block with his size, soft hands, passing ability and overall instincts with his back to the basket.
“I have to keep getting into shape, keep working hard,” says Krutwig. “I really believe Loyola can do some really big things.”