The area was represented by just two Indiana Junior All-Stars last season and only one of them came from the Summit City. Homestead’s Zak Krueger was the epitome of a Spartan player, bidding his time on the junior varsity with a solid skill set but growing and learning during that time to make an impact when his name was called.
As a junior, Krueger’s name was called on a lot. He took over the point guard role and immediately became a quality leader and voice for a Spartans team that shared the SAC regular season title and won the SAC Holiday Tournament. Along the way, Krueger scored 13.2 points per game and well as team highs in assists (3.9) and steals (1.7) per contest. The ball was put in Krueger’s hands to maintain pace, something that has always been critical to Homestead teams. He has the speed to run with elite Summit Athletic Conference guards and the poise to pull it back and pick his spots. That work also earned him a spot on the Outside the Huddle All-Area team last season.
Krueger does have a good deal of ability as a shot creator. Also, it isn’t hard to find Krueger’s clutch gene: just look back at his game winner against Carroll last season. That shot defined Krueger’s junior season: kind of quiet, always dangerous. Krueger is a capable shooter and playmaker that really looks like he has a strong feel for the game and with that comes a certain finesse when scoring the ball. Steady as a decision-maker, it is easy to say that Krueger excels creating good looks in pressure situations be if for himself or others with crafty moves.
“[He is] coming off a fantastic junior season. Excellent point guard who makes the right basketball plays,” says Homestead coach Chris Johnson.