Markel Crawford, a six-foot-three, 186-pound junior guard, says he liked what he saw enough to put the Tigers in his early top five. "Florida, Ole Miss, Southeast Missouri and Memphis are probably the others in my top five," he says.
Crawford watched the Tigers play an intrasquad game that featured an up-and-down the court style of play with a lot of aggressive defense. "I like how Auburn plays," he says. "It is the same style my high school plays."
Commenting on what he is looking for in a college, Crawford says, "I want to go to a place with great coaching. The coaches have to be hard on the players and run a great system."
Talking about his personal style of play, the Melrose junior says, "I am a great inside-out player, a great passer. I am a very unselfish player, a team-first player."
Just 16 years of age, the guard says he is still growing. "I think I will get to be six-foot-five or six-foot-six," he says.
This past summer he played AAU basketball for the Memphis YOMCA team and also spent time developing his individual skills. "I am working on my dribbling, my foot speed and my court awareness," he says.
Crawford notes that he is serious about academics with a high grade point average and plans to study criminal justice in college. "I am a great student," he says.
Auburn already has a player on its roster from Melrose High, freshman guard Cedrick McAfee, who earned All-State honors the past two seasons.
What is Crawford's scouting report on the Auburn freshman who opens his college regular season on Friday night with a home game vs. McNeese State? "Don't let him shoot and you have to stay in front of him," Crawford says. "He is a really good player."