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Posted On: 11/13/15 11:00 AM

November 13, 2015

After a summer playing high-level basketball with All Iowa Attack Nike, and a new coach at Des Moines Roosevelt who is confident in his ability, Gatdoar Kueth feels he’s ready to make his name known.

His name is already known to us at PHI — after being unranked in the last installment of rankings, the senior made the jump to 46th in the most recent edition.

He’s still though largely unnoticed by college programs, and is awaiting to be seriously looked at.

“Iowa Central has a lot of interest in me, and Sioux Falls in South Dakota, I went to their camp. I haven’t really talked with them after their camp though. I’ve heard from Simpson too. But nothing really I’m taking too seriously yet,” said the 6-foot-6 wing.

Kueth believes his lack of recruitment is just a matter of underexposure, a problem he feels he’ll remedy this season playing for new coach Charles Zanders.

“Last year was my first real varsity year, and I didn’t play against much competition until this summer. I think this is the year I start getting noticed by other people and other schools,” said Kueth, who mentioned his guard skills improved greatly while playing with All Iowa Attack Nike this summer.

“I think at the beginning of the spring my shooting wasn’t as good as it was at the end of the season, and my dribbling too, that kept getting better through the summer, and my finishing. I got better at all three of those things by the end of the season after playing against the tougher competition.”

Kueth added: “I would consider myself more of a guard than a forward right now. I’m not 100 percent sure how they’re (Roosevelt) going to use me, but I know I’ll have a lot more freedom than I had last year. My new coach is trusting me a lot more than my last coach did with my skill-set, and I got a lot better with my skill-set as well.”

The rangy wing says things at Roosevelt under the new coach have been tougher so far, and he likes that.

“We all get along and Coach Zanders has us conditioning and everything has been so much harder than it was last year,” said Kueth. “It just seems like we have a bright future ahead.”

April 16, 2015

Flying under the radar up to now has been potential Des Moines Roosevelt breakout star Gatdoar Kueth.

The ultra-rangy and athletic wing is on the grassroots circuit with All-Iowa Attack Nike 17U right now, and so far he’s 100 percent undiscovered on the recruiting trail.

“I haven’t heard from anybody yet,” said Kueth.

“I think that will change soon though. I’ve gotten a lot better since the Roosevelt basketball season, and I’ve gotten a lot better at playing the guard position.”

Kueth could be seen playing in the post for the Roughriders last season, but he says his more native position is on the wing, where he’ll play with Attack this summer.

“At the beginning of the season I played less of a role with Roosevelt, but as the season went on I played more at a position that I wasn’t used to, playing the four and five, and I helped out a lot with rebounding and scoring down low,” said Kueth

“Hopefully I can play the two guard in college, I think I can be really effective. Right now I just need to work on shooting and finishing a little better.”

As he prepares for one more season of high school basketball before he embarks on a potential college career, he has a list of skills he’ll be working to improve.

“Get used to playing against good competition, get better at scoring more, be more efficient and better off the dribble, just better overall,” said Kueth. “And get a lot more athletic and get ready for college.”