Michael Kruse will refrain from taking hallucinogenic drugs and ransacking hotel rooms, and he won't have to fend off groupies. Nonetheless, Kruse, 23, has embarked on a tour—to watch basketball games—that might impress The Who. He has constructed a 19-day, 13-city, 27-game, 2,000-mile rock-star-like rampage of the Eastern Seaboard and is documenting it on basketballamerica.com. "Know this about me," says Kruse, who will file a daily story and notes section. "I travel like a lunatic."
In lieu of a technicolor Magic Bus, Kruse on Dec. 5 began weaving his 1997 forest-green Honda Accord through 10 states, hoping to spend no more than $500 on what has been dubbed the Magical Mystery Kruse. (The itinerary is available on the site.) His upcoming schedule includes a visit on Friday to Washington, D.C., for the Gonzaga Prep Classic; a jaunt to Philadelphia on Monday for the Celtics versus the Sixers; and a Tuesday doubleheader at the Jimmy V Classic ( Alabama versus Temple and Duke versus Kentucky) in East Rutherford, N.J. Kruse is particularly pumped for Dec. 20, when Memphis travels to Temple. That day he'll visit Camden, N. J., to gauge the town's mood now that high school hero Dajuan Wagner (right) has graduated and gone on to become a freshman scoring sensation for the Tigers.
For lodging, Kruse, a 2000 graduate of Davidson College, will lean on college friends and on contacts he met while covering the recruiting scene for prepstars.com. "I'll sleep on floors," says Kruse. "What's going to kill me are the tolls."