With the signing of these four, the 2006 recruiting class totals seven after three individuals committed in the fall of 2005. Tyler Cain (Rochester, MN), Rohan Greaves (Rosebud, Australia) and brothers John and Ben Kreklow (Blaine, MN) join Tate Pesicka (Yankton), Nate David (Dubuque, IA) and Parker Skophammer (Albert Lea, MN), who signed last fall.
"This a tremendous class for us and we covered a lot of positions," said Boots. "These are good students and will be good representatives of our program and The University of South Dakota."
Cain, a 6-8, 230-pound forward from Rochester's John Marshall High School, averaged 17.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game as a senior. Cain, who was a two-time all-state honorable mention selection, was also both a McDonald's All-American and Minnesota Mr. Basketball nominee in 2006. He holds the school record for most rebounds in a game (24), blocks in a career (188) and blocks in a season (106). All three records surpass the mark set by Longar Longar, a current player at the University of Oklahoma. He is the son of Richard and Laurie Cain and was coached by Eric Plitzuweit.
Greaves, a 6-5, 210-pound guard, will enroll at USD after a stint at Ellsworth Community College (IA). The Rosebud, Australia native was a second-team all-region selection in 2004-05 and first-team all-region in 2005-06. Greaves averaged 14.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 46.4 percent from three-point range and 91.9 percent at the foul line in 2005-06. He holds the Ellsworth CC record for most three's in a game (9), season (110) and career (213).
John Kreklow, a 6-7, 210-pound forward, will transfer to USD after a year in the Air Force Academy. He was an Associated Press all-state selection as a senior in 2004-05, in which he averaged 19.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field. He was a 2005 Mr. Basketball nominee and is the second all-time leading scorer in school history after eclipsing the 1,000-point scoring mark. John attended the 2004 Nike All-American Camp and was a three-year member of the Howard Pulley Panthers Basketball Team. He led the Northwest Suburban Conference in scoring during 2004-05.
Ben Kreklow, a 6-5, 187-pound guard was a two-time all-conference selection and earned honorable mention all-state honors from the AP as a senior. In addition to his 23.4 points per game, which led the conference in 2005-06, Ben averaged 7.0 rebounds, shot 49 percent from the field and 85 percent at the free throw line. He holds school records for points in single season (589), free throws made (126) and points in a game (41). John and Ben are the sons of Michael and Marcia Kreklow and were coached by Bill McKee.
Pesicka, a 6-2, 155-pound guard, averaged 20.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game enroute to being named the South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year. Pesicka, who was a McDonald's All-American nominee and first-team all-state selection, earned Class AA MVP honors at the recent Three-Class Shootout. As a junior, he averaged 19.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game enroute to earning all-state honors in South Dakota in 2005. Pesicka led Yankton to the state tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. He was also named All-ESD.
David, a 6-8, 205-pound forward, averaged 17.2 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 57 percent from the field at Dubuque's Hempstead High School. David, who is the school record holder for both blocks and rebounds in a career and season, was a second-team all-state selection in Class 4A and first team all-conference and all-area pick.
Skophammer, a 6-7, 190-pound swingman, averaged 20.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He was twice named honorable mention all-state and Big Nine all-conference. Skophammer, a two-time Albert Lea Tribune Player of the Year, is the second-leading scorer in school history and is the career leader in both rebounds and blocked shots.