Sunday, May 5, 2013

TerpsRecruiting exclusive: Bryant Crawford

Another part of the deep local crop of talent in the class of 2015 is rising junior guard Bryant Crawford.

Following in the footsteps of North Carolina-bound point guard Nate Britt, who left the team to complete a year at Oak Hill Academy, Crawford was thrust into Gonzaga's starting lineup as a sophomore in one of the nation's most competitive high school leagues.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard served as the floor general, helping to guide Gonzaga to a 27-5 (18-0 WCAC) record this season.

He was the team's fourth scoring option at 8.6 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game behind a pair of seniors in Kris Jenkins and Charles Glover.

Crawford currently holds offers from Georgetown, Indiana, South Florida, Texas, Seton Hall, Penn State, UConn, Rutgers and Maryland, and admits "all schools are equal right now," adding that "Indiana and Georgetown have been on me the hardest so far."

He visited College Park once for a game this past season, and the staff will be sure to try to get him on campus a few more times next season.

He got his offer from Maryland over the phone after spring break. "I haven't really built a relationship with them yet," he says.

Crawford, who last month was named to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Developmental National Team, compares his style of play to Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.

"[I'm] a pass-first point guard with nice vision and can knock down the three," he says, admitting he needs to work on his jump shot. "[I like] to get teammates involved and [I'm] a good leader."

And while several members of Team Takeover hold scholarship offers -- including big men Martin Geben and Marcus Derrickson and guards Tre Campbell, Franklin Howard and Dion Wiley -- Crawford says he hasn't discussed the possibility of the group playing together in college.

With two full years of high school left, he's not sure when he'll make his college decision yet.

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