Leo Criswell Makes Move

Leo Criswell broke out at the ABCD Camp with a big-time performance, but it really hasn't translated into more big-time offers. The Winchendon-bound forward is fine with what he's got now, though.

Leo Criswell wanted a step up in competition and he'll get it starting next month.

The 6-8, 210-pound senior forward, who played last season at Piper High (Kan.), is expected to transfer to Winchendon (Mass.).

``From my understanding, it's a better opportunity for me," said Criswell, who attended summer classes at Mount Zion (N.C.). ``More competition and more playing time."

Actually, the playing time will be harder to earn under Winchendon coach Mike Byrnes, but Criswell should be a fixture – especially when he learns how to play with more consistency.

Criswell (TheInsiders, No. 52) was one of the top players at the Reebok ABCD Camp in early July, putting a terrific week together. However, he was somewhat surprised when very few new schools began recruiting him after the performance.

``My recruitment didn't really pick up," Criswell said. "There weren't many more opportunities. I'm not mad, but I know my stock went up. Some people just didn't see it, I guess."

Now Criswell lists a trio of schools that appear to have the inside track. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and UNLV are showing the most interest. He hasn't set visit dates yet, but those are three schools who will likely receive official trips from the versatile, athletic forward.

``The name of the school doesn't matter," he said. "I'm just looking for a good school. I'm not going to play the name game."

``If I find the right fit, I'll get it done," Criswell added. "Whenever that is, I'll just choose it. I'm not putting a timetable on it."


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