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About: 6 foot 5 205 pound forward Kris Drees (West Forsyth High School) will be a senior for KSU this season. He was named All-Forsyth County and All-7-AAA Region after averaging 12.5 points and six rebounds per contest as a senior in 2009.

Past: Kris walked-on to the team last season after giving everything he had against Aaron Anderson during try-outs. He saw limited action in 14 games and had a career best game of 2/3/1 in only 11 minutes of playing time.

He is strong and tough, yet undersized and limited athletically. Drees is a hard-working practice body who always strives to get the most out of himself that he can. His grit and determination can come in handy, especially last year against Northern Kentucky when he was the best player on the floor for the Owls in the first half

Here’s a snippet from our interview with Coach Preston from August,

Owl Howl: Walk-on Kris Drees won the Iron Owl award earlier this year which is given for work ethic, attendance, leadership, attitude etc. Can you vouch for that?

Preston: I can definitely vouch for that. Kris is that rare breed in the sense of every single day he walks into the gym, he has that look of fear–not in a negative way but in a positive, he gives you every single thing that he has. As a coach it is refreshing to see that every day and I’m looking forward to him going into his last year here with us and to have an even more vital role with us in practice and making sure that our younger guys are up to speed on what they need to do on and off the floor.”

Future: Kris isn’t going to get many minutes this year with the new acquisitions, but I guarantee you that it hasn’t stopped him from getting better as a player.