Will Play For Wildcats Next Year
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – An injury kept Jeremiah Kreisberg from playing in his senior season at Yale. Kreisberg, though, will still get to play one more year of college basketball. After graduating from Yale in May, he has decided to play as a fifth-year senior at Northwestern.
He will have one year of eligibility and is immediately eligible to play during the 2014-15 season.
"Northwestern is an ideal fit for me," Kreisberg said. "Academically it will allow me to build on my coursework at Yale, and athletically I am extremely excited to fight for the Big 10 title. Coach [Chris] Collins has a `win now' mentality. They had a successful season in 2013-14 and return a great group of guys."
In order to have continued to play at Yale, Kreisberg would have had to withdraw from school while injured.
Kreisberg appeared in 84 career games for the Bulldogs, including making 55 starts. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 49.8 percent from the field.
As a freshmen, he was the recipient of the John C. Cobb Award as Yale's rookie of the year after averaging 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds with a .556 field goal percentage. Kreisberg started all 29 games in his sophomore year and averaged a career-best 7.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. He had surgery following that season which limited him as a junior. He still managed to score in double figures six times, including notching 16 points against Iowa State.
"I learned a tremendous amount playing at Yale," Kreisberg said. "Over the four years I had to fill many different roles, including playing big minutes, fighting for time and eventually learning how to support the team while not being able to practice. Each of these experiences presented me with different challenges that I hope will serve my career well going forward. I am very thankful to all of my teammates as well as the coaches for helping me grow on and off the court."
At Northwestern, Kreisberg hopes to earn playing time in a frontcourt that suffered several losses from last season.
"We're excited to have Jeremiah join our basketball program," Collins told nusports.com. "He brings four years of collegiate experience and his size and skill level will be a huge boost to our frontline."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity