Year: Graduate Student
Star rating: 3
Who is he?
A fifth-year center from Oakland, California, Jeremiah Kreisberg brings much-needed size and experience to the Northwestern frontcourt. Kreisberg graduated from Yale University last spring but has one more year of eligibility left because he sat out his senior season due to injury.
Kreisberg averaged 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and shot 49.8 percent from the field in three seasons with the Bulldogs. Kreisberg, who is Jewish, also played for Israel's U20 national team at the 2011 European Championships where he averaged 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
For much more on Kreisberg the person, make sure to read Josh Rosenblat's piece here.
What are his expectations heading into this year?
Kresberg is here to back up Olah down low. He adds depth to NU's frontcourt, which consists of Alex Olah and freshman Gavin Skelly. He'll come off the bench and play a role similar to Nikola Cerina's last season. Kreisberg is more talented offensively than Cerina and has some effective post moves in his arsenal (see video below), but the former Yale big man is more than a season removed from competitive basketball.
There's no telling how productive Kreisberg will be for this team. Even still, he's another big body who can clog up the lane on the defensive end and grab some bounds when Olah needs a breather. In all likelihood Kreisberg will beat out Skelly for the backup spot and do what he was recruited to do: provide leadership in the locker room and valuable minutes in relief of Olah.