Heber Springs freshman forward David Kuebler is listed among the 'Hot 11' players in his class after an outstanding performance at Rivals' MPACT Basketball Exposure Camp held at Little Rock Christian.
Kuebler impressed the panel of coaches with his performance in the combine portion of the camp.
The 6-2, 176-pound forward recorded a 21-inch vertical jump, 6.54 half-court sprint and 7-foot long jump.
“I really enjoyed the experience of the exposure combine. I am excited that I did well enough to be placed on the rivals watch list,” said Kuebler, who plays AAU basketball for the Arkansas Warriors based out of Jacksonville.
Following a slow start this season due to an ankle sprain suffered while riding an ATV, Kuebler averaged around eight points and eight rebounds for the Junior Panthers.
Heber Springs Coach Kevin Kyzer said Kuebler has great work ethic and a tremendous motor. “His strengths are definitely rebounding, he has a good midrange game and he is good at getting garbage baskets. His outside shot is improving.
“He has been working on it hard and starting to play a little lower to the floor. He handles the ball pretty good, and to his credit, he is a hard worker. He works hard on his game to try and get it right,” added Kyzer.
Heber returns three starters from last season, including three future seniors in point guard Austin “Red” Adkins, forward Mason Schroeder and forward Michael Kramer. Senior to be guard Waren Thomas Olmstead also saw significant playing time last season while starting a few games and classmate Spencer Grogan also contributed off the bench.
Last season, Adkins led the Panthers in scoring, averaging 12 points and five assists while Schroeder posted close to a double-double, averaging around 10 points and 10 rebounds once he returned from an injury near midseason. Kramer, a starter in three sports, scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds per contest.
Kuebler and the future sophomore class provide athleticism needed to crash the boards, an aspect of the game Kyzer said the Panthers struggled last season.
“We feel like David can give us another rebounder on the front line. We realize we were not the best rebounding team last year and a lot of it was Mason being out with an injury.
“Mason has put on some weight. I saw him at an AAU game on Saturday and he had 13 rebounds. With Mason, Spencer Grogan and David we should be able to do a better job on the glass,” added Kyzer.
Kyzer said several of Kuebler's classmates provide athleticism needed to rebound and play pressure defense with more proficiency. “The ninth-grade class gives us a little bit of juice and athleticism that we haven't had since I have been here. Hunter Chandler, Zach Ingram, Chase Gallaway and Billy Bodron along with David makes a real solid group.”