Ben Krikke

#23 Ben Krikke

Pos. F
Ht. 6-9
Wt. 230
Yr. So.
Hometown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
High School [Prev. School] Jasper Place

Click here for player profile story leading into the 2020-21 season.

2020-21: Leading into the season, spent time working on improving his shooting and hitting shots at a higher rate, especially from 3. Also worked on bulking up and improving his strength, dribbling and ball-handling. Hopes to be versatile enough to play on the perimeter if needed. 

2019-20: Appeared in 33 games and made one start during his freshman season… Averaged 6.7 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per contest while blocking 15 shots, coming away with 15 steals, shooting 79.2 percent at the foul line, draining 14 3s and handing out 22 assists… Shot 55.0 percent from the field, finishing fifth in the conference and second among freshmen in field-goal percentage… Scored in double figures nine times including three games with 15+ points… Had eight instances of five or more rebounds… Led the team in scoring in three games, rebounds in two and assists in one… Made his collegiate debut in the Nov. 5 season opener vs. Toledo... Didn’t make a field goal over the first three games of his career, but he knocked down five on 11 attempts against North Dakota on Nov. 17. He finished with 11 points, one of four Valpo players in double figures... Scored a team-high 18 points to establish a season watermark in the Nov. 27 win over Trinity Christian. Also had four boards and four assists while snatching two steals against the Trolls... Collected five rebounds on Dec. 18 at High Point, marking his second five-rebound effort in a three-game span... Reached double figures for the first time since Nov. 27 vs. Trinity Christian, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in a Jan. 4 win at Evansville... Drained three 3s on Jan. 15 at UNI to finish with 13 points, his highest total against a Division-I opponent. That equaled his previous season total for made 3s, as he entered the evening 3-of-14 for the season... Became the first Valpo freshman since at least the start of the 1989-90 season to lead the team outright in points, rebounds and assists in a single game on Feb. 1 vs. Illinois State. He set Division-I season highs in all three areas and surpassed his overall season high in rebounds with his line of 17 points, eight boards and four assists... Had a team-high 15 points and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds on Feb. 12 vs. Southern Illinois, his third time this season and second in a four-game span leading the team in scoring… Had two double-figure outputs in the MVC Tournament including an 11-point effort that featured seven made free throws in the March 7 MVC semifinal vs. Missouri State.

Prep: Led Jasper Place H.S. to the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association provincial championship… Earned a spot on the BioSteel All-Canadian game roster… Was the MVP of the Alberta Basketball All-Star Showcase, scoring 37 points… Competed internationally for Team Canada at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina, averaging 9.9 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game while helping Canada to a fourth-place finish. He was the only player from outside of Quebec or Ontario to make the roster.

Personal: Credits his father’s Michael Jordan DVD set for helping hone his skills. DVDs include Jordan’s greatest games, plays and Top 10 dunks… Father Kent is a physical education teacher and former college basketball player. He has run a basketball camp in Alberta for over 20 years... Hobbies include fishing with his dad and cheering on the Toronto Raptors, his favorite pro team... Majoring in business... Hails from Edmonton, a very devout hockey city, but says basketball there is on the upswing... Never played ice hockey, but did compete in badminton, volleyball and various track & field events... Enjoys mountain biking and chess, which he learned from his grandfather.