The 2013 summer proved highly beneficial to David Crisp. The southpaw, a rising senior at the time, showed off a potent scoring ability with the Northwest Panthers and oozed confidence in his perimeter jump shot. Never considered a true point guard, he nevertheless demonstrated that he could be effective as a primary scorer.
Crisp didn’t need much time to sort out his recruitment. The Seattle product received an offer from the hometown Huskies and pledged to Lorenzo Romar’s program last January. In the process he also reclassed from 2014 to 2015, enabling him to further hone his skills in high school prior to tackling Pac-12 competition.
Crisp spent his 2014 spring and summer on the Adidas circuit, once again playing with the Panthers. He enjoyed some big outings, including at the Orlando event in late May. He also performed creditably at the NBPA Top 100 Camp and during July, despite the fact that he obviously didn’t have to worry about playing for scholarship offers.
He’s currently Scout’s No. 98 senior prospect and is a top 20 point guard who transferred to Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy this season.
Recruitniks who saw former Washington guard Isaiah Thomas in high school would, upon watching Crisp, recognize the playing style. Though not as explosive as Thomas, Crisp has fashioned himself into a gunner whose moxie inspires trepidation from nervous coaches hoping he doesn’t get hot.
|Crisp’s shooting range extends easily to 23 feet|
In 16 games during the Adidas Uprising regular season, Crisp averaged 20 points per game to lead the Panthers. He shot a solid 36 percent on threes, and he takes a ton. In fact, nearly half of his shot attempts came from long-range. He’s a long-range shooter first and foremost, and despite hoisting so many attempts he nevertheless managed to be reasonably accurate.
His quickness also looms as a factor. Crisp is speedy in the fullcourt game, can beat his man off the dribble in the halfcourt and truly has no difficulty doing so if his defender crowds his jump shot. He also likes two- and three-dribble pullups and, while many coaches dislike those shots, they can be effective.
Crisp’s shooting form is mechanically sound, and the ball rotates with nice backspin as it advances toward the rim. Thus, his shot should translate to U-W.
He’s also a pesky defender. Standing 5-11, Crisp averaged more than one steal per game and should be able to develop into a fairly good defender in college, with the caveat that bigger guards might pose problems.
To his credit, Crisp is physical when he attacks the basket. He attempted just under 100 free throws in his 16 games with the Panthers, knocking down 75 percent from the foul line. That’s likely to remain a key facet of his game going forward.
Decision-making can be problematic. Crisp at heart is a shooting guard, but at his size he has to be a point. He doesn’t rack up assists and does commit turnovers, numbers he needs to tweak in order to win his future coaches’ confidence.
The college game can work with a 5-11 player working off the ball, but obviously Crisp would benefit if he can enhance his floor general qualities. Evaluating him long-term, he definitely will need to play on the ball in order to ascend to the professional ranks.
Still, there’s good news to accompany all this. Crisp excels in the area coaches at all levels value most — scoring — and he’s a fairly sound dribbler, so at least he can handle versus pressure. His coaches may be reluctant to try to alter his game too much, given that he’s such a gifted scorer and a style switch might curtail what he does best.
There’s no disputing that Crisp will arrive to campus with some limitations. Size, lack of playmaking chops and a strength deficiency all appear to be issues. Still, never underestimate the impact a perimeter scorer can make, and especially at Washington, which plays fast and creates open looks for its shooters.
Thomas benefited from Romar’s tutelage several years ago, and Crisp should derive similar gain. With perhaps a year to adjust to the increased collegiate speed, he should emerge as a fine contributor and — thanks to overflowing confidence — a clutch shooter from distance. You never can have too many of those.
His long-term aspirations are more difficult to project at this point, but people always wrote off Thomas, too. Crisp certainly possesses the talent to warrant consideration as a possible career hoopster.