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Clinton Athlete Headed to LeMoyne

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Clinton Community College athletic department is proud to announce that Clinton alumnus, Mykelle Krecko, is headed to LeMoyne College in Syracuse to play Division II basketball on a full athletic scholarship. Mykelle received his Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Science from Clinton in May, and will start at LeMoyne in the fall.

The full story from the Plattsburgh Press Republican:

PLATTSBURGH — Mykelle Krecko had a big sophomore season on the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team in 2013-14.

And it’s paid off for him.

The Peekskill native has been awarded a full athletic scholarship to Division II Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

“I’ve only had two players at Clinton — Phil Barnes and Mykelle — who have gone on to play Division II basketball,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “Phil also went to Le Moyne where he came off the bench as a junior and started as a senior.

“Le Moyne has a strong program and Steve Evans has been there a while now as coach. There’s no question that Mykelle can compete there. He is a talented big kid and our staff has said all along that he can get to the next level if he put on 10 to 12 pounds of muscle.

“Mykelle’s a good kid and fun to be around. And he’s a good student.”

Krecko underwent a major change from his freshman year to his sophomore season for the Cougars.

“He was always a good rebounder from Day 1,” Daugherty said. “But, as a freshman, he was about 6-7 and extremely thin. Sometimes he had lapses in concentration.”

Krecko then changed for the better this past season.

“As a second-year player, Mykelle was much more serious and business-like, and it showed in his performance,” Daugherty said. “His stats were outstanding.”

Krecko, as a sophomore, averaged 16 points a game. He averaged 14.6 rebounds a contest that was first in the region and first in the country in NJCAA Division III play. Krecko shot 58 percent from the field, which was second in the region, and averaged 4.5 blocks a game that was No. 1 in the region and second in the nation. He blocked 12 shots in one game.

“He took good shots and knew his limitations,” Daugherty said. “But he has a nice touch.

“There were several times when he had over 20 rebounds in a game. He’s close to 6-11 now, but isn’t a physical guy. Mykelle’s not a back to the basket banger, but a finesse player and a great rebounder.

“Mykelle is also a very good passer and has good court sense. He had great stats on a great team and that proves he’s a winner.”

Krecko helped the Cougars have one of their greatest seasons ever in 2013-14. Clinton finished 24-8 overall and made it all the way to the NJCAA Division III, Region III Tournament championship game where it led for 37 minutes before dropping an 81-75 decision to Herkimer Community College in the finals.

Earlier in the tournament, the fourth-seeded Cougars recorded a 90-75 victory over Tompkins-Cortland Community College and a 67-65 overtime win over top-seeded and host SUNY Delhi.

“There was one play in particular I remember,” Daugherty said. “Delhi stole the ball against us with only seconds remaining in regulation and their player looked like he was going to go in alone and score. But Mykelle chased him down from half court and blocked the shot off the glass.”

Le Moyne competed in the Northeast-10 and compiled a 17-12 overall record this past season. The Dolphins were selected to compete in the NCAA Division II Tournament and dropped a 73-62 decision to St. Anselm in the opening round of the East Regional.

John Coryer, Plattsburgh Press Republican
June 1, 2014