Crawford Headed To Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is on a serious roll. On Monday, the Wildcats landed one of the nation's top point guards. Later in the evening, Tubby Smith landed Joe Crawford, arguably the country's top shooting guard.

Rajon Rondo is a Wildcat. So is Joe Crawford.

The 6-4 Crawford, a strong candidate for Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan out of Renaissance, committed to Kentucky Monday evening.

"Basically, he picked Kentucky because he liked everything about the program," Vince Baldwin, director of PrepSpotlight said. "He liked the tradition, the exposure and he liked Tubby Smith.

"He wanted to play on one of the biggest national stages a kid can have.""

In just two days, Kentucky turned around its recruiting fortunes for the Class of 2004. In addition to Crawford and Rondo who are a pair of Top 25 players, Smith also has pledges from Ramel Bradley and Adam Williams.

Bradley, Crawford and Rondo will fit into the UK's backcourt rotation from the beginning and you can bet that two of them will start next season in Lexington.

Let's examine Kentucky's two most recent additions.

Crawford is simply a big time scorer. He's good enough to impact any program in America. He's got a high-major body and loves to play. He's a McDonald's All-American and he's the definition of a big-time shooting guard. He's our No. 14 player in the country and rising.

Rondo, well, there isn't another point guard in the country who can say they are having a better season than him. He's tough to guard, a winner and the superlatives that have been laid on him by his veteran high school coach are beginning to open the eyes of the country.

It's tough to improve your team significantly through the spring signing period but that's exactly what the Wildcats have done.

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