2015 Intro: Dane Kuiper

Dane Kuiper

Dane Kuiper is an intriguing sophomore originally from Alaska but now in Arizona. Here's an intro to the small forward's game and recruitment.

At this stage one of the top few 2015 prospects in the state of Arizona is 6-foot-6, 185-pound Tempe Corona Del Sol small forward Dane Kuiper.

Scout.com watched Kuiper at the Double Pump Spring Classic and provided the following evaluation:

On Saturday afternoon Kuiper played very unselfish basketball – almost always swinging the ball around to the open man rather than looking for his own shot – but there were some initial impressions. Kuiper has a very good frame for a young forward and while he spent most of the time on the perimeter offensively, he would go inside to search for rebounds or defend. He's certainly a good young player to watch develop.

Kuiper is pleased with where he's at in his development.

"I shoot the ball well, I attack, I rebound and I guard the ball," Kuiper said. "I'm working on my ball handling; that's something you can always improve on."

After playing his freshman season in Alaska, Kuiper's family recently moved to the Phoenix area.

"We moved for better basketball and college opportunities for me," Kuiper said.

The rising junior has picked up scholarship offers from Creighton, Pepperdine, Portland and New Mexico, along with interest from Arizona State, Miami and Gonzaga.

As a kid in Alaska, there wasn't a specific team Kuiper cheered for.

"Growing up in Alaska, there's not really a lot of pro or college teams to grow up rooting for," he said.

There will be two important qualities Kuiper will be looking for in a school once his recruitment gets more serious.

"I want a good academic school and I'd like somewhere warm too," he said.

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