We knew it, he knew it, everyone knew it. Tyree Crump arrived at NBPA Camp to lower expectations than many of his colleagues in the Class of 2016. Regarded as a three star prospect, the Georgia-bound combo guard could have blended in harmlessly and essentially no one would have noticed.
But that’s not how Crump’s week played out. The 6-2 athlete proved himself one of the more explosive scorers at camp, and he did so in a multi-faceted fashion. He’s quick with the ball and explosive attacking the basket, yet he also averaged two made three-pointers per game to place him among the camp’s leaders in that category.
Along with quick, aggressive defense and a confident style, Crump has raised his profile within the class and appears to be surging toward four star status as he heads toward his senior season.
”I don’t have any hype,” Crump said. “People look over me all the time. I just came in (to camp) looking to prove my point that I should be top 30 in the nation and prove I’m better than some of these guys.”
Crump didn’t merely say the words, he set out to prove himself on a game to game basis. While he’ll need to refine his handling and playmaking if he aims to transition to point, he’s sufficiently tall (6-2), quick and athletic to play primarily on the college wing.
If anyone figured him out early, it was Georgia head coach Mark Fox. The Bulldogs prioritized the Peach State native and landed his commitment all the way back last fall.
”I committed so early because I had a great relationship with Coach (Fox) and wanted to look at them and just follow how they play,” Crump said. “I talk to Coach (Philip) Pearson almost every day, and I talk to Coach Fox maybe every other week.”
But while Crump has established that he’s a genuine SEC-level talent, there’s still a question about his ultimate position and role on the team. He can score and shoot from long-range, but ideally at his size he’d spend at least some of his time on the ball as well.
His future coaches are encouraging him along in the process of shaping his identity at UGA.
”Coach Fox wants me to come in and be a scoring point guard,” Crump said. “I love to compete and to play ‘D’. I need to get bigger and stronger for college and just work on being a point guard.”
In the meantime, he can continue playing to his strengths and force those who ignored him previously to stand up and take notice.