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Basketball signs two more players

Jackson, Krueger expected to make "immediate impact"

 by Jeff Hoodzow  published on Friday, April 16, 2004


As expected, the ASU men's basketball team signed two junior college transfer players Thursday who are projected to find their way onto the court early and often next season.

Soon-to-be junior Tyrone Jackson and sophomore Bryson Krueger will join current high school seniors Craig Austin and Tim Pierce as new scholarship players for the upcoming 2004-05 season.

"Tyrone and Bryson were recruited to make an immediate impact," ASU head coach Rob Evans said. "We have had good success without spring signees in the past few years, and we have been able to fill needs."

Jackson, a 6-foot-2 guard finished his career at Fresno City College with the school's career scoring mark of 1,541 points, a career average of 22.3 points per game. As a freshman, he shared the state junior college player of the year honors with two sophomores and is also the school's all-time leader in assists.

"All the people I met were great people, and I just wanted to surround myself with great people," Jackson said when he orally committed to ASU in March. "I felt like I was at home."

Krueger, a Phoenix native, played at Mountain Pointe High School, where he was a three-time McDonald's All-American nominee.

After initially committing to Vanderbilt after his illustrious prep career, Krueger decided to transfer back home to Yavapai Community College after differences between himself and the coaching staff at Vanderbilt.

Krueger was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 15.8 points per game and taking the Roughriders to the conference's championship.

The Sun Devils have had their share of success in the spring signing period.

Last season, the team inked Steve Moore, who was in the top 20 in the conference this year in scoring, and Jamal Hill in 2002, who scored in double digits in 24 career games.

Curtis Millage, a 2001 spring signee, averaged 15.9 points per game his senior season and helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament.

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