Indiana offers 2015 guard Bryant Crawford during visit

One of the top young guards from the Washington D.C. area was on campus in Bloomington this weekend and left with an offer from the Indiana staff.

Bryant Crawford, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound point guard from Gonzaga College High School, told Inside the Hall on Sunday that Indiana offered a scholarship at the end of his unofficial visit.

“I got offered by Coach Crean before I left,” Crawford said. “It was a good feeling. He asked me if I liked the visit and then he asked me if I was being recruited by any other schools in the top five and I said no. And then he told me that I’d just been offered by Indiana.”

IU joins Georgetown, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Texas and South Florida as the six schools with early offers out to Crawford, a four-star prospect in the class of 2015 according to Fox Sports Next/Scout.com.

“They’re recruiting me hard,” he said of Indiana. “Coach Crean and I have a nice relationship. We’ve talked a lot. He said he’s going to keep looking into me during the basketball season and AAU season. I liked it (the visit) a lot. I liked the campus, the students and the way the players work so hard.”

Crawford, who plays AAU for Team Takeover, also has a strong relationship with assistant coach Kenny Johnson.

“Coach Johnson, he’s fun,” Crawford said. “We’ve got a good relationship. He’s been recruiting me ever since he was at Towson.”

Crawford’s brief trip to Bloomington included a tour of campus, the basketball facilities and the chance to play pickup with several of the current players.

“It was a nice experience (playing in open gym),” he said. “My first play out there, I got my shot blocked badly, but after that, everything started coming.”

Described by many national analysts as pass-first point guard, Crawford acknowledged that he enjoys serving as a facilitator first and foremost.

“Just seeing the floor and and getting my teammates involved in the game (are my strengths),” Crawford said. “I play similar to (Rajon) Rondo, but I’ve got to work on my jump shot and defense.”

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I sorta wish we could wait on the whole offering sophomores thing, but I didn’t take this team back to the top 5, so I won’t judge. I guess if we have to do this though, one of the best guards in the DMV is a good way to go.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    This looks like a very smart move. Crawford is a very good student in addition to being one of the top point guards nationally in the 2015 class at this stage.

  • marcusgresham

    6’2″ is pretty good height for a 15 year old point guard.

  • LTTelamon

    No other school is going to wait. If you’re going to be an elite program, you have to recruit like one. Crean has shown and continues to show he is relentless in that area.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m not crazy about these early offers either..a lot can change. Then again..it’s the way the college game is played today..and I do think a young player..is impressed and remembers who showed him some love first. Long way to go..I’m just glad IU now is tapped into into the DC/MD/VA pipeline.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think DC is becoming the new Indiana. Crean seems to be recruiting that area just as hard and I am glad. Tons of talent coming through there.

  • Geoff_85

    I wonder how pissed Georgetown gets at our D.C. recruiting. I know we sure get pissed when the likes of UNC, O$U, pUKe, etc raid our turf.

  • TJ91

    Gonzaga has a solid history of producing great basketball talent. Love the fact that he got to watch and learn from a PG like Nate Britt, a top 50 player who is going to be at UNC next year. Hopefully he took something from an opportunity like that.

  • Hoosier78


    he asked me if I was being recruited by any other schools in the top five,” feels really good doesn’t it ha

  • inLinE6

    That’s what I’ve just felt. It’s a big thing for a 15 year old to be offered by Indiana.

  • IUHope

    Good offer!

  • IUHope

    True PG’s are hard to come by…….SF’s are plentiful.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    like QB’s and WR’s in football.

  • MPmichael2000

    Agreed. Lookout for Michigan and Michigan State too.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Did we get congressional approval to build the DC-to-IN pipeline or is Crean just going rogue?

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Personally, as in who I want to commit the most, I’d say Edwards is number one by far, then Coleman then Crawford. But I think Coleman is kind of a combo guard type.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Phillips/100001004847898 Tony Phillips

    Crean is way ahead of available scholarships. How many has he offered now?

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    2015?? 0_0

    Well now… the last thing anyone can ever say about Crean is that he doesn’t think ahead. He’s proven the opposite many times over, hasn’t he?

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