Posted On: 10/31/17 11:34 PM
Jace Krier, a 2018 guard from Marist High School, is a dynamic scoring threat with the long-range shooting ability to push the Spartans offensively this season. The three-year varsity starter gives Marist an experienced playmaker who can get his teammates involved and score on his own effectively.
Although he can score in a variety of ways, Krier’s specialty lies with his ability to snipe from deep. In a matchup against Churchill last season, Krier poured in six threes for 26 points to lead all scorers. Amongst these six threes, Krier displayed an array of step-backs, spot-ups, and even fadeaways. Moving forward into the 2017 season, Krier should lead the Spartans in scoring mostly due to his deadeye shooting and scrappy play inside.
As a senior, Krier is beginning to face the stereotypical struggles every senior faces.
“It feels surreal in a way,” Krier said. “It’s weird that this is my last year of high school ball, but I’m excited because this team is about to be special.”
Despite a fairly average season a year ago, Krier remains hopeful for a historic season from Marist basketball this year.
“I hope we can win league and get to Gill Coliseum,” Krier said. “We’re trying to go all the way to the [championship].”
This notion is certainly possible, and with an incredibly experienced roster complementing the scoring prowess of Krier, it could even be made likely.
In addition to being a sniper on the basketball court, Krier also kicks for the football team in the fall and plays baseball in the spring, giving him a stacked schedule year-round. Despite being constantly busy, the senior guard maintains productivity on all three stages.
During league play, Krier averaged a very respectable 14 points per game, making him one of the top scorers in his conference. Besides putting up similar numbers, Krier also believes he can push the Spartans to new heights as a forerunner.
“Being a leader on the court and pushing my teammates to always be better should help us win games,” Krier said.
Fierceness not only helps Krier as a leader, but also as a defender. Despite being slightly undersized for a two guard at 5’11”, Krier’s physicality allows him to hold his own on the defensive end, but there’s always room for refinement.
“My on ball defense needs to be better,” Krier said. “I need to work on finishing when contested, and I get a little trigger happy from three sometimes.”
Contrary to some athletes, Krier chooses to embrace his flaws, proving how humble of a player he is. Add this to the resume, and you have a complete baller with the skills to score buckets, play defense, and lead a team.