2015 point guard Bryant Crawford remains high on IU

042513hdfIndiana’s recruiting presence in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, also known as the DMV, has been strong since Tom Crean arrived in Bloomington in the spring of 2008.

It’s only grown stronger over the past 11 months with the hiring of assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson. One player the Hoosiers have made a priority from D.C. in the 2015 class is Gonzaga Prep’s Bryant Crawford.

At 6-foot-2 and 175-pounds, Crawford had the opportunity to take over the point guard duties this past high school season after Nate Britt, a North Carolina signee, transferred to Oak Hill Academy for his senior season.

Crawford handled the responsibilities well, averaging 8.6 points for a team that finished 27-5 and went undefeated in WCAC regular-season play.

After missing his freshman season with a fractured tibia, it was a chance for the young guard to show he was capable of being a leader.

“I tried to be more vocal and give my teammates constructive criticism,” he told Inside the Hall of his sophomore season at Gonzaga. “We fell a little bit short and didn’t finish how we wanted to, but everything else was good.”

With a strong summer of AAU with Team Takeover in 2012 and his play at Gonzaga as a sophomore, recruiting interest has picked up for Crawford. Maryland recently offered, joining Indiana, Georgetown, Connecticut, Seton Hall, SMU and Penn State, among others.

Indiana was one of the first offers for Crawford and remains high on his list.

“They’re recruiting me pretty hard. I talk to them often. I saw them at open gyms, practices and games,” Crawford said. “The coaches there have showed they believe in me and they want me a lot. They have faith in me and just want to see me improve and become better as a player and as a person.”

He’s already taken a pair of unofficial visits to Bloomington. The first was last August when IU offered a scholarship and the second was for Hoosier Hysteria, which was an experience that made an impact.

“The fan support and how the alumni show support,” Crawford said when asked what stood out about Hoosier Hysteria. “Just the atmosphere and how the players enjoy playing for the school and in Assembly Hall.”

Crawford, who is ranked the No. 18 prospect nationally in his class according to Scout.com and also participated in a mini-camp for the USA Basketball Developmental National team last fall, said not all of his conversations with the IU staff focus on basketball.

“They normally just ask me how I’m doing, how my grades are doing,” he said. “If they come to a game, they just say to play my game and don’t do anything special. They just want to see me go out there and make my teammates better.”

While the recruiting process is still in its early stages for Crawford, it’s clear Indiana is a major player.

“They’re one of the schools recruiting me the hardest,” he said. “They’ve been there since they offered.”

  • Jersey Hoosier

    More for the Facts Straight guy – ESPN class rankings of IU’s incoming class for the five years beginning in 2013: 2013 – #4 (Crean and KennyJohnson doing a great job), 2012 – #11 (which with hindsight one would judge was overstated), 2011 – not in top 25 even with Zeller, 2010 – not in top 25, 2009 – not in top 25.
    Now you will argue that he was burdened with the Kelvin Samson legacy and I would not disagree. However, unlike you, I would Crean’s recruiting track record to be very mixed, and certainly his coaching track record is mixed(both at IU and at Marquette). If he succeeds with the 2013 class, then my view of Crean was clearly wrong. If he continues to disappoint – well, you just keep drinking that kool-aide.

  • CreanFaithful

    So let me get this straight… You are concerned that we might add POINT GUARD depth that is taller than 6’2″… I’m lost.

  • http://twitter.com/drewlyon__ Drew Lyon

    Look man, I’m not trying to start a war with you over this. I hope you know I am in no way questioning your commitment to the program or anything. We’re all die hard fans here. However, you have a short sighted view of the class of 2012 in the first place. You cannot judge the merits of a class based off of one season. Hanner, Jeremy, Yogi, and Peter still have a lot of time left to develop, especially the latter 2. 2013 will be good too. However, guys like Hartman and maybe Davis might not see a whole lot of playing time within the first few years.Sometimes rankings don’t matter (2010 for example), so it is more a testament to Crean’s ability to scout out talent and ability to develop long term. With 2011, we had Cody, and Austin (Got hurt this year, was very promising) and Remy (solid contributor) which were all part of a team that has made 2 consecutive sweet 16 appearances for the first time in how long? It’s been forever man.
    Furthermore, I do understand that Patterson’s grades exceeded NCAA expectations.. However, he didn’t exceed Indiana’s, which every other player was able to make, so once again, not Crean’s fault. Patterson was so good too. I agree he would’ve been a key contributor, which kind of doesn’t help your argument that he was pushed out in order to make the scholarship numbers.

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

    Wrong considering he had other high major offers.

  • Hoo Hoo Hound dog

    Yea I guess if you want to call PUke a high major.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Unless something has changed in the last few years, I believe IU’s minimum academic standards are higher than the NCAA’s. Conditional/probationary admittance was the case, If I remember correctly.

    If you will go back and read Patterson’s quotes after he failed to meet the academic standards, it seems he, too, accepted the fact that he did not take care of business in the classroom.

    No question, Buss would probably have been a tremendous asset to the team but that was not to be.

  • hoosier1158

    You’re right Jersey Hoosier. Over-signed by one, the season is getting ready to start, someone had to go. Wait and see Ron will be very good at the Cuse.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    Perhaps a more recent Patterson quote might change your mind. He said this in an article which ran in the Syracuse Post-Standard on March 26th- “I feel like they made a bad decision,’’ Patterson said. “I didn’t like it. It was an excuse. They needed to get rid of someone.’’ Could it be that Patterson’s compliant comments when he left Indiana could have related to IU’s offer to obtain his admission at Brewster Academy? Who paid for his scholarship there, I wonder?

    If Tom Crean, in one of his religious-themed tweets, swears on the Good Book that Ron Patterson’s departure had nothing to do with the over-signed situation, I will accept that Patterson’s departure was purely academicly-related. Until then, I will continue to believe that Crean, Glass, et. al. threw Patterson under the bus.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Jersey:

    I was not aware of that statement. It would, on the surface, seem to call into question the official explanation of RP’s departure.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    Google “Ron Patterson”, and the article will come up. I wouldn’t be surprised that if the whole Ron Patterson story ever comes out, some of Crean’s117,904 Twitter followers (and some of the Crean acolytes on this forum) might be shocked by what they learn.

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

    No, if the whole story comes out, Patterson will be the one who looks bad.

  • Tom S

    With all due respect to Jersey “Hoosier”, if you go back through his 38 comments on this site you’d be hard pressed to conclude that he has “commitment to the program”. His *only* goal seems to be to criticize Crean, and by extension the program.

    If I’ve missed something, someone please let me know.

  • http://twitter.com/bfklein Brett Klein

    thats a different gordon chief

  • hoosier1158

    Could someone give us the whole story? I would love to know.

  • marcusgresham

    Am I to assume from this statement that you have knowledge you aren’t at liberty to divulge?

  • yimyames

    Yeah, see above, chief!

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