On The Road: Leo Criswell

<b>SPRING HILL, Kan. –</b> Piper High School has been busy this week participating in the Spring Hill High Invitational. On Saturday, junior forward Leo Criswell helped the Pirates to third place in the event.

Leo Criswell, a 6-8 junior forward out of Kansas City (KS) Piper scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as the Piper Pirates defeated Louisburg 61-52 and captured third place at the Spring Hill Invitational on Saturday.

One of the most outstanding players in any age group in the state, Criswell came into the tournament averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds. His team scored an opening round knockout of one of the highest ranked teams in the state and he put in work during one contest with an 18-point, 20-rebound and 7 assist effort.

On Saturday, Criswell was playing in his third game in four days. He took just 12 shots and made 5 of them. "He's an outstanding young man," coach David Hall said. "I have to get on him to shoot more sometimes." Criswell spent most of Saturday saddled with foul issues.

At 6-8, Criswell hasn't settle into a position just yet. He's hit a big growth spurt since his freshman season when the coach said he played point guard. Depending on how he fills out and what his skill set looks like at the end of his senior year Criswell could be a small or power forward. Some schools will recruit him at both positions.

Arizona State, which was in to see him on Friday night is recruiting him as a small forward. Texas Christian, Kansas, Marquette and Oklahoma State have been in to see him. Oklahoma is likely coming to a game this year. Criswell has already been to Kansas, Texas and Georgia Tech. Marquette, according to his coach, has offered a scholarship.

Against Louisburg, Criswell flashed some of his athleticism. He came up with a steal and went coast to coast for a big dunk. A quick spin move in the post also looked nice but it's his ability to pass the basketball that also intrigues you.

"He's kind of a 3-4 guy," Hall said. "He's good facing up and he's learning with our team. We've got three good posts."

And one of them is most definitely Criswell.


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