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(3-25-18) Loyola has surprised many people this season in the NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Tournament, a big part of the Ramblers’ success is Jacobs grad Cameron Krutwig.

(NOTE: A memory of  mine covering a high school boys basketball game during the Illinois High School boys basketball Sectional tournament (2015-16) game at Rock Valley College. )

Jacobs and Krutwig, who was just a Junior, came into Rockford to take on home town favorite Auburn. It was a packed house and the atmosphere of a great high school basketball game.

You could tell Krutwig was a special player that night, he kept Jacobs in the game in the 1st half, he was a load for the Knights.

Auburn would go on to win 58-39 and did make to the State finals, where they finished fourth. Krutwig never had the chance to compete for a State title, but he will be playing for a national championship next weekend in San Antonio.

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Media press members see many, many high school basketball games, but not many of those players go on to grab the attention of an entire country. Krutwig has turned into that player and has turned Loyola into the people’s choice to win the national championship.

So the next time you go to a high school basketball game you may get to see a player like Krutwig, it does happen.

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From Krutwig’s Bio on Loyola Basketball web page:

Helped Jacobs High School to a 93-29 record and three regional championships in his four seasons … Wrapped up his career at Jacobs ranked No. 4 on the school’s all-time scoring chart with 1,528 points and first with 1,281 rebounds … His rebounds total ranks eighth in IHSA history and his 448 boards in 2016-17 ranks 12th in a single-season … Also totaled 245 career blocks and 240 assists … Named Northwest Herald Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a senior after helping Jacobs to a 30-2 overall record … Helped Jacobs to its first sectional championship in school history in 2016-17, falling one assist short of a quadruple-double in a 62-39 win over Larkin with 20 points, 24 rebounds, 12 blocks and nine assists in the sectional final

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