Indiana remains in the mix for Bryant Crawford

  • 05/27/2014 9:16 am in

Indiana’s recruitment of class of 2015 Gonzaga Prep (D.C.) point guard Bryant Crawford began shortly after Kenny Johnson was hired in early May of 2012 and despite Johnson’s recent departure for Louisville, the Hoosiers remain in the picture for Crawford.

At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Crawford is considered one of the better pure point guards nationally in the class. He’s accumulated a solid list of scholarship offers that includes Connecticut, Georgetown, IU and Maryland, among others.

Wake Forest, North Carolina State and West Virginia are also involved in his recruitment.

In October, Crawford told Inside the Hall that Indiana was “one of the top schools” in his recruitment. Over the weekend at the fourth Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) session in Minneapolis, the rising senior said he’s still very interested in Indiana.

“It’s still the same. I talk to coach (Tom) Crean often,” Crawford said. “Coach (Tim) Buckley took over my recruiting. So, he’s been texting me a lot and calling me a lot. I’ve been still in touch with them.”

Crawford first visited Indiana back in the summer of 2012, when he was offered a scholarship, and then visited again in October of 2012 for Hoosier Hysteria. This past season, he took a pair of unofficial visits to Georgetown.

Early next month, he’ll make an unofficial visit to Louisville. The Cardinals have not offered a scholarship.

“The Louisville visit is coming up (on June 11),” he said. “I haven’t scheduled any others yet.”

For now, the focus for Crawford, who has battled injuries a couple of times in his prep career, is staying healthy and continuing to refine his game. After helping Team Takeover to a 9-7 record in EYBL, he’ll play in the Peach Jam in mid-July.

In 15 EYBL games, Crawford, rated the No. 67 prospect in the country according to the 247Composite, is averaging 11.8 points, 3.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 25.1 minutes per game.

“Staying healthy and my jumpshot (is my focus),” Crawford said. “Being efficient, making the smart play , cut down on my turnovers, attack the glass more and get rebounds.”

J.B. Bauer contributed to this story.

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  • plane1972

    A lot to like with this kid. Wow!

  • Gregory Spera

    Can’t wait until Kenny Johnson’s name stops appearing in ITH recruiting articles. Maybe the 2017 class kids.

  • Kid’s WAYYY underrated in this class. A true point guard goes a long way when it comes to winning at the college ranks. I try and think of how many teams have won national titles with the top ranked PG’s that project well at the next level and I can’t really think of many. I can recall plenty of national champs that had kids like this though.

  • PDXHoosier

    the kid is fun to watch. some sick passes!

  • Hoosier Hall

    UCONN would have to agree with you on your last point.

  • Alford Bailey

    Agreed. I thought we had a good shot with KJ but now I think he probably goes to UCONN or Louisville.

  • Alford Bailey

    How about IU makes these guys sign a 2 year non compete clause for recruits?

  • marcusgresham

    I love Yogi, but in a perfect world you get a kid with this kind of height to run the point.
    I like the stats listed, but I’d be curious to know what the TO number was to go along with them.

  • N71

    I’d have to say Bryant is nearly critical for us for the following:

    + Yogi may enter the draft after this season
    + James is a 2 really but could also enter the draft after just 1 year
    + Robert can’t do it all himself, he’ll need help
    + Stan is more a 2
    + Troy shouldn’t be playing point
    + We have not other guards coming in at this point
    + We better not ask Devin to play point as well, next thing will be finding a cue for cancer and solving the problem in the Ukraine

  • N71

    Spell check didn’t do me any favors on that one.

  • Born&Bred2BleedHoosierCrimson

    I agree with you. Looks like he has some long arms too, which is good. Interested to see what role KJ and Louisville will play in some of our recruiting now.

  • SCHoosier

    I’d forget about Coach Kenny and start worrying about Coach Ollie. Having signed a long term deal with UCONN..and given his style, results and personality he is going to be a devastating recruiter….Didn’t Bryant just overcome a serious leg injury? Wonder how that rehab has gone? Lot of PG’s in this class..he’s a good one. after Jr year?? I just don’t see that.

  • downtownhoosier10

    I like what I see from this, but just out of curiosity anybody know what kind of turnover % he has? I like his vision but seems like a lot of 1 handed passes through traffic. Plenty of time for him to sharpen the skills though

  • Jermagesty

    Is he Jordan Crawford’s little brother?

  • HoosierGrampy

    I thought of Keith Smart and Trey Burke while watching this film. Got range, hops, cited areas in which he needed/wanted to improve, good motor–what’s not to like about him? I’d like to hear him singing Johnny Cash’s song, “I Got Stripes” at Hoosier Hysteria next year.