Crittle Headed To The Mean Streets of Eugene

The Oregon Ducks have a pipeline that is cranking out prospects from the Windy City to Eugene. On Wednesday, Josh Crittle opted to join the growing list of Mean Streets alums in the Pac-10.

Something's gotta give. Either Mean Streets should change their colors to green and yellow or the Oregon men's basketball team should don the blue and white colors of the Mean Streets traveling team.

On Wednesday night, Ernie Kent's Oregon Ducks secured a commitment from the 4th Mean Streets alum, the third this year. Joining guard Matthew Humphrey and center Michael Dunigan in Eugene is Chicago Hales Franciscan insider Josh Crittle.

"This might be the start of something," Crittle's mother Stephanie Thomas told jokingly.

"I really tried to talk to him about not letting that be the factor. He said that didn't weigh on it his decision but of course it's always good to know somebody where you're going."

Crittle won't be short any friends in the Pac-10. His pledge to Oregon is somewhat ironic. We've always compared him to Joevan Catron, another former Mean Streets power forward, and now the two will be teammates in college.

Thomas indicated her son had called everyone from Southern Illinois, Kansas State and Minnesota to let them know of the plan to attend Oregon.

"Of course they have an established program that offered a lot of benefits," Thomas said. "He looked at all the options because we did all the visits. He sees a good opportunity for himself as far as developing and being able to play right away."

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