Kent State Lands Point Guard

Detroit point guard Marcus Crenshaw reached a decision over the weekend. He's going to play in the MAC and is the second player to commit to Kent State coach Jim Christian (right) this year.

As The Family ripped through a number of summer events, guys like Malik Hairston and Joe Crawford stole the headlines, and rightfully so. However, to the onlookers, it was clear that point man Marcus Crenshaw had raised the level of his game.

After the summer, he was looking at offers from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Ohio, Miami, Bowling Green and Oakland. UMass, Western Kentucky, Valparaiso and South Alabama had shown preliminary interest.

However, last Friday, Kent State got it done. For Crenshaw, the choice was pretty clear.

"First of all, it wasn't too far. I kind of wanted to get out of Michigan and it wasn't too far or too close. Kent State is a big time basketball program and playing time would be good. I knew I would play and have a successful career."

Kent State's recent NCAA success didn't hurt its chances either. "It helped a lot," Crenshaw said. "It's not just a one-year thing; it's a tradition for Kent State to be good. I want to keep that tradition going."

Last season, Crenshaw averaged over 20 points a game in high school. This summer, you could that he could score the ball but his skills as a point man were coming around. He's got the body for the position and like his peers from the Motor City; he's not short in the toughness category.

Kent coach Jim Christian and assistant Rob Murphy worked him hard. "[Christian] was a big factor. I met him, I felt good and real confident. I felt comfortable around him and I know he's going to let me play my game."

Isaac Knight, a standout forward, is the other commitment Kent State has in the Class of 2004.

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