Getting more comfortable in the paint adds to Kruger’s ability to mix and match. He’s already shown the last two seasons he can play on the perimeter. Through the first 12 games, Neal is shooting 45 percent (9 for 20) from 3-point range.
Rebounding and drawing fouls on those bigger defenders requires mixing it up in the paint. The effort against Texas A&M showed he’s capable.
“Since I’ve been here we haven’t had huge teams, so we’re gonna have to have guys who can step up and exploit mismatches,” Neal said.
If that one game snowballs, Kruger has more options for how to mix and match in the season. Neal’s growing inventory of abilities makes it possible.
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