Kramer looks towards academics after basketball
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Feb. 7, 2006 - With only two games remaining in his senior season, Sulphur Springs Wildcat post Jeff Kramer is hoping to make the most of his final opportunties.

"I just want to make it as good as possible. I know that we have hard teams coming up, and we have played them all before, and I just want to make it as good as I possibly can," said Kramer, the son of John and Susie Kramer. "I want my numbers, but I want us to get some wins and make this a somewhat decent season."

Kramer is currently ranked No. 2 academically in the senior class and already has scholastic offers from two top universities.

"I am still looking, but really it is between Duke and Texas," he said. "There are still other ones that are possibilities, but those are the main two schools. I am going to be majoring in psychology."

Sulphur Springs is currently 7-22 under first-year coach Jeff Carroll with games against Texas High Friday on the road and against North Lamar Tuesday at home.

Kramer said even with the won-loss record the way that it is this year, the Wildcats have had the talent the past two seasons to pick up wins but haven't found a way to put those skills together.

"It has been pretty hard and knowing every time that we go out on the court we have the talent and skill," he said. "Last year, we had Rolaundo Wright and Ryan Allison and a few guys like that. This year we have Jay (Pope) and Drew (Biggerstaff) and Jose Vargas and we have some skill players, but we can never put those skills together."

With Kramer having to share playing time with Wright last year and Vargas this season, he said whoever is contributing to the team at that time during a game should have priority in the lineup.

"It is kind of hard, and when I played with Rolaundo it was easier for both of us to be on the floor at the same time. It doesn't really bother me because whoever is having the better game and whoever is doing what we need to do to win the game needs to be on the floor," Kramer said.

"When it is Vargas compared to me, Vargas is on the floor but coach has been working on plays to have me and Vargas on the floor and I don't know what his plans are for that. As long as I get my playing time, it doesn't really bother me if he plays more than me."

During the year, Kramer has averaged two points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. Kramer said during the past two years Coach Glover and Coach Carroll have worked on his aggression and now is time for him to show it off.

"It has been a constant thing over the past two or three years because Coach Glover has emphasized it and Coach Carroll has worked with me on it," he said. "I am trying to make progress on that aggression and I think part of it is that I am coming to the end of my senior year and I have got to do what I can now because these are my last opportunities."

Kramer said the best portion of the entire year has been learning from Carroll as he stresses life goals to his players, and the Wildcats have become a much closer team under his new system.

"I think he has done a really good job of emphasizing family and how important it is that we stick together and support each other," Kramer said. "We are a lot closer as a team and a family than we have been in the past because that is what is important to him more than the won-loss record."

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