Penn Charter's Krug Selects Penn

Posted: April 29, 1992

For the second straight year, Penn has landed the most valuable basketball player from the Inter-Academic League.

Tim Krug, a 6-foot-7 academic standout from Penn Charter, told Quakers coach Fran Dunphy yesterday that he had selected Penn over Cornell. At Penn, Krug will join Jerome Allen, the Episcopal Academy star who won the MVP award in 1991.

Krug averaged 19.1 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocked shots for Penn Charter. He also carries a 3.5 grade-point average, according to Penn Charter coach Brian McMahon, and scored 1,360 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. He is also a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship and the winner of the Markward Club's scholar-athlete award.

McMahon said several major colleges, including William and Mary, Richmond and George Mason, offered full athletic scholarships, but Krug narrowed the field to the two Ivy League schools, which do not issue athletic scholarships.

Krug picked Penn over Cornell for several reasons, he said. He wanted to stay close to home, so his family could continue watching him play. Also, he wanted to play in the Palestra. In addition, he felt more comfortable staying in a city rather than moving to Cornell's relatively rural surroundings in Ithaca, N.Y.

Cornell is also a less-established basketball school; Penn once made the NCAA Final Four (in 1979) and regularly competes with Princeton for Ivy League supremacy. Krug said Cornell could have given him the chance to play sooner and more often, "but it's a challenge to me to go to Penn and try to compete there and play at the Palestra."

Another local player, Bill Guthrie of Archbishop Ryan, had already committed to Penn. Guthrie, 6-9, is projected as a wing player in spite of his height. Both he and Krug are strong three-point shooters.

Penn Charter's other senior, Devron Owens, has signed with Southern Connecticut. Owens, 6-1, missed most of season after injuring a knee in

December.

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