Crowfield ready for more

Riverside Academy sophomore Malik Crowfield is coming off a Most Outstanding Player performance in leading his team to its second straight state title. TSD caught up recently with Crowfield, who updated his recruitment and plans for the summer.

Even at a young age, there's nothing new about winning for Riverside Academy sophomore Malik Crowfield.

The Class of 2016 guard has been a part of back-to-back state title winners with the Rebels, capping off the second ‘ship a few weeks ago with a performance worthy of Most Outstanding Player honors. Crowfield lit up second-seeded Lakeview for 35 points and 12 rebounds, securing the hardware for Riverside, the top seed in Class 2A.

In the short time between tearing down nets in Lake Charles and the beginning of the Nike Circuit, where Crowfield will ply his trade over the coming months with the Red Storm (Nike Team Louisiana), the player took time to reflect on what he's accomplished and how he far he's come in the past few years.

"It's been good," said Crowfield of his progression. "I've been getting a lot better since my eighth grade season, when I was still a little shy, but I've been coming on every year and trying to improve my game."

These days Crowfield (6-4, 190) also isn't bashful when it comes to discussing his game. When asked to describe what he brings to the floor, Crowfield responded, "The best shooter in the state, maybe in the country. I'm a lock-down defender, too, and I can get rebounds for you."

Of course where confidence comes in one hand for Crowfield, a desire to prove himself on the national stage and polish the rest of his game rests in the other. "I have to be able to go strong to the hole," Crowfield said of his goals this summer, "get my own shots and attack the rim."

On the recruiting front Crowfield is hearing from a number of schools across the country, but to date only two have extended offers.

"This year I picked up an offer from UTEP. My eighth-grade year I had picked up Baylor," Crowfield recalled. "I've gotten a few interest letters from LSU, Tulsa, Dayton and Arizona."

According to Crowfield, Baylor, which features former Riverside forward Ricardo Gathers on its roster, continues to come on the hardest. Bears assistant coach Jerome Tang, the lead recruiter on Crowfield, has been to numerous practices this season. "He said he likes my game a lot," Crowfield explained with a laugh, "and that he wants me so bad."

Crowfield didn't rule out the possibility of LSU becoming a legitimate player in his recruitment should the Tigers offer.

"I might be (interested)," Crowfield said. "It depends on how comfortable I am and if I'm more comfortable at another college."

Still yet to enter his junior season, Crowfield is in the process of narrowing down what's important to him in making a collegiate decision. Two things he does know already – distance doesn't matter and he wants a platform.

On his criteria for choosing a college: "Probably what best fits me – close to home, all that stuff, it doesn't matter. As long as I get to show off my talent and play with great teammates, I'll be happy."

He is also content with letting the process play itself out for the near future, feeling no pressure to announce anytime soon.

"I'm going to wait a little while, open up my recruitment and make a decision my senior year," Crowfield concluded.

Crowfield will play this summer on the Red Storm's 16U Nike travel team, on the same loaded squad that features his prep teammate Herb McGee, the U-High duo of Skylar Mays and Wayde Sims as well as East St. John's Troy Green.


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