Ricky Kreklow leaving Missouri basketball

Thursday, June 9, 2011 | 2:52 p.m. CDT
Missouri's Ricky Kreklow, No. 2, dribbles the ball past Colorado player Levi Knutson during a game in February 2011.

COLUMBIA — Sophomore Ricky Kreklow is leaving MU and the basketball program, Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith said in a teleconference Thursday.

Kreklow, a Columbia native and graduate of Rock Bridge High School, played basketball at MU during his freshman year. He averaged 2.1 points per game and 9.8 minutes per game.

Haith said Kreklow’s decision to transfer is based on a desire to get away from home.

“He’s a Columbia kid and was a great player here at Rock Bridge,” Haith said. “But Ricky has expressed that he’d like to spread his wings, so to speak, and go away from home.”

Kreklow’s father, Wayne Kreklow, is the head volleyball coach at MU and his mother, Susan Kreklow, is the director of volleyball. His cousin, Molly Kreklow, plays on the volleyball team.

During his senior year at Rock Bridge, Kreklow was named Mr. Show Me Basketball, which recognizes the top high school basketball player in the state, by the Missouri High School Coaches Association.

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STEVE ANGLE June 13, 2011 | 8:09 p.m.

I will miss Ricky. Hate to see him go. Hope he kicks ass whereever he goes. Hope this is not a sign of a step back in basketball.

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