Cole Kruger

Posted at: 01/03/2013 10:46 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Cole Kruger has basketball in his blood.

His dad John was a stand-out at Hayfield long before Cole came along, and the younger Kruger is doing his best to follow that same path.

"I've always been in the gym, since he coaches.  Ever since I was a little kid, I'd come and watch practice and shoot around on the side, so that helped," Cole Kruger said.

Kruger's been on fire lately.

He hit the game-winning shot against Lourdes, before leading the Vikings to a third-place finish at the Tartan tournament last week.

"There were definitely some good teams up there, but we took third last year, and we were the underdogs, so we knew we could do it again," Kruger said.

"Over the last four games, he's averaging almost 24 points a game, so he's going pretty well," Hayfield coach Chris Pack said.

Not many point guards post up, but Kruger is the exception, and it has become one of his biggest strengths.

"He's a tough match-up," Pack said. "It's nice as a coach to have the flexibility to have some plays where your point guard ends up in the post, and it's tough for the other team."

"I guess when I started out on varsity, I couldn't shoot very well.  I had to find a spot to score, and I got lucky shooting fadeaways down there, and it just kind of stuck that that's my spot," Kruger said.

Right now, the junior has more than 900 points in his Hayfield career, and he is only a few hundred away from second on the school's all-time scoring list.

"As long as he stays healthy, it should be no problem," Pack said.

And that could lead to some college offers.

"I haven't been talked to at all, but we'll see after this year," Kruger said.