“(Kruger) creates a family atmosphere where everyone truly cares about one another on and off the court,” Glass said. “His teams always have great chemistry. They don't care necessarily how many points they score. They care about winning. ... That year it started during the trip to Australia.”
Bill Koss, who has been involved in Florida basketball for nearly 40 years, helped write a book on the history of the program.
When Kruger told him on the Australia trip he really liked the makeup of the team, Koss took it seriously.
“I learned if Lon tells you something, you can take it to the bank,” Koss said. “He knows what he's talking about. Craig Brown and Andrew DeClercq were really the glue to that team. You could tell on that trip that team was already starting to bond.”