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Published: Tuesday, 8/5/2008

Findlay's Kraus commits to Bowling Green State University

BY RYAN AUTULLO
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
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BOWLING GREEN - Northwest Ohio has been assured of another four years of Luke Kraus.

The Findlay Trojans incoming senior yesterday committed to play basketball at Bowling Green State University during a campus visit, both he and his high school coach confirmed.

Kraus, a point guard, said he came away impressed by the sincerity of Louis Orr and his coaching staff, along with the direction they have set for the program. Per NCAA rules, college coaches are not allowed to comment on recruits.

"I believe in them and they believe in me," Kraus said.

"When I arrived there it just felt like home. They're going to take really good care of me and make me a real good basketball player for my next four years of college, and possibly after college."

Kraus, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, is the two-time defending player of the year in the Greater Buckeye Conference and was named third team All-Ohio last year.

While leading an inexperienced team to a league title as a junior, Kraus averaged 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. He will become the second Falcon point guard with local high school ties, joining St. John's Jesuit graduate Joe Jakubowski, who is coming off a strong freshman season.

"I think I can go in there and back him up my freshman year," Kraus said. "I can contribute a bit and help the team."

Kraus said he also fielded offers from Boston University, Fairfield, Findlay and Bucknell.

"Everybody that I talked to likes his toughness, his competitiveness and the fact that he plays hard," Trojans coach Jim Rucki said. "I think he's really improved his shooting, and that's what kind of made people have a deeper interest in him."



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