Crawford Parlays Big July Into Offers

With the amount of high major prospects on the Memphis Magic, Chris Crawford was one of the last guys expected to hit a game winner, but that's exactly what happened in Las Vegas.

The July evaluation period was helpful for Chris Crawford.

A standout at Memphis (Tenn.) Sheffield, Crawford didn't have a reputation on the national level, but that changed a week ago during his impressive play at the adidas Super 64.

Playing with the Memphis Magic, Crawford teamed up with Joe Jackson, Jelan Kendrick, Adonis Thomas and Tarik Black to claim the prestigious tournaments title.

After a pair of overtime games in the quarterfinals and semi-finals, Crawford was called upon late in the championship game.

"The game was close and we were trailing 16 with five minutes left," Crawford said. "Joe got trapped and he believed in me so he gave me the ball and I just knew I was going to make the shot."

Crawford's buzzer beater to win the championship was just one of the many shots he hit in Las Vegas. In fact, Crawford, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, consistently knocked down deep jumpers and caught the eye of high major coaches.

"Not many people knew me because I didn't go to many exposure camps or anything like that," Crawford told "I just thought that I should try and make a name for myself."

"I think it helped me a lot," he said of his trip to Las Vegas. "I think my stock just went higher because of playing good in Vegas."

Crawford's scholarship count is now on the rise. Currently he claims scholarship offers from Memphis, Tennessee, Georgetown, Arkansas, Alabama, Baylor and UTEP. He said Missouri is also recruiting him.

"I don't want to make a decision too early, but it will be soon," Crawford said.

Crawford said the next step in his recruiting process is taking visits, and he's starting to set them up now.

"I got a visit to Baylor the third week of school," he said. "Then I have a visit to Tennessee for September 12th when they play football against UCLA. Then I also have a visit to Georgetown but I don't know when."

With the interest growing, Crawford did mention a pair of leaders in his recruitment.

"I'm feeling Tennessee and Memphis," Crawford said. "They are just so close to home."

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