For a player who has dealt with much adversity in terms of injuries, illnesses and losing, Jamee Crockett has revised the script this year. Albeit at 12-17 and 6-10 in the Big East, it's not where DePaul wants to be, but it's a long way from where they once were when they only won eight conference games in the whole time Crockett was on campus prior to his senior season.
So, Crockett—finally— is happy to see some of the fruits of his labor paying off.
“Well, obviously, we're getting a lot more wins,” Crockett said about what he's enjoying most about his senior year. “We still got a long way to go, we're not done. Still a lot of excitement ahead.”
It has been a long, circuitous trip for Crockett. If you recall, Crockett was DePaul coach Oliver Purnell's first recruit to verbally commit to the Demons.
Crockett had a fine freshman season in which he averaged 8.6 points on .439 shooting from the field. He also shot 43.9 percent from three-point range while starting 16 games. Crockett showed a lot of promise early and there was genuine excitement about his potential.
His 20 points (powered by 17 second-half points) against Rutgers on the road, pretty much single-handedly won DePaul that game. For his freshman season, he wound up third on the team in scoring and rebounding, while showing signs he would be a key piece of DePaul's core.
Injuries, illnesses and inconsistencies (a dreaded three I's, if you will) would plague and unfortunately define Crockett's sophomore and junior seasons. Combined for those two seasons, he would average just 6.7 points on a less-than ideal .338 percent from the field. Crockett simply was not the same player anymore. He did not have the same burst and energy in his sophomore and junior seasons that he had displayed in his freshman season.
So, Crockett put it upon himself to get in shape last offseason and go out with a bang. He says he has grown to be a leader and is cherishing his last hurrah.
“I'm more confident,” Crockett said. “I did a lot of rehabbing on my knee and worked hard (over the summer.”
The hard work is paying off as Crockett has become one of DePaul's most consistent performers this season, especially on both sides of the ball. Crockett actually leads the team in minutes (31 mpg) and is third in scoring (11.4 ppg), second in steals (1.4 spg), while shooting a healthy .468 from the field, .702 from the free-throw line and a solid .336 from the three-point line. He is also by far the Demons best on-ball defender.
Crockett earned a spot on the Big East honor roll in the first week of February after averaging 17.5 points in two games vs. Seton Hall and Butler while shooting.483 from the field. With one more three-pointer, Crockett will move into a tie for 12th place all-time at DePaul. And the player he would tie and likely surpass for 12th place on the three-point field goal list would be none other than Quentin Richardson, who is being inducted into DePaul's Hall of Fame on Saturday and will be attendance for the Senior Day game against Butler.
While DePaul may be a long shot to win the Big East Tournament, Crockett still has high hopes of going out with a bang. Crockett wants to enjoy his time in New York in his final days as a member of the DePaul basketball team.
“We want to win the Big East Tournament,” Crockett said.
When Crockett looks back at his days at DePaul, he will remember the whole experience. His fondness for the school goes beyond the bounds on the basketball court.
“(I) just love the school,” Crockett concluded. “It's a great school, we have a great staff. I'm proud to have gone (to DePaul).”
Jamee Crockett Proud of DePaul Experience
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