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.