2008 Focus: Josh Crittle

In this report WeAreDePaul.com's Dan Stack talks with Chicago Class of 2008 big man Josh Crittle. Stack talks with Crittle following his performance at the 2006 Reebok ABCD Camp in Teaneck, New Jersey. Crittle discusses his recent change in high schools, his recruitment, and offers up some thoughts on the DePaul Blue Demons.

When it comes to big men in the class of 2008 in Chicagoland, look no further than Josh Crittle. Crittle is a 6-8 255 lb. forward/center who recently transferred to Hales Franciscan high school after prepping for two years at Timothy Christian (Elmhurst, IL). The word is he needed better competition to show off his intriguing upside. At Hales, Crittle will no doubt be exposed to a higher caliber level of basketball. Crittle is looking forward to the challenge. "I'm pretty excited about that," Crittle said when referring to his transfer. At Hales, Josh will also be teaming up with his Meanstreets AAU teammate and fellow class of 2008 star guard Matthew Humphrey.

Crittle is an immense presence on the court. His body in ways reminds you of a young Elton Brand. Although he is not as athletic, Crittle does have nice moves around the basket along with a nice touch from 15 feet in. All he needs is a challenge and his game will take off. He struggled a bit while at the 2006 Reebok ABCD camp in Teaneck, New Jersey.

However, college coaches know he has plenty of upside and he is already getting a lot of interest. He is more zeroed in at just getting better and keep playing. "I'm not really thinking about it (his recruitment)," Crittle explained. "I got a lot of people interested. but as of right now, I'm not thinking of making any decision on it."

Crittle revealed that his list of suitors are DePaul, Tennessee, Purdue, Miami, Kentucky, and Illinois at this point.

Being from the Chicago area, Crittle has taken in a few DePaul games already and likes what he sees in DePaul. "I think they got a good system over there, Coach (Jerry) Wainwright is a great coach. I think I would probably fit in well over there" Crittle lamented on how he would see himself in at DePaul. Crittle added that he has a nice rapport with DePaul associate head coach Gary DeCesare too. "I talk to DeCesare. I'll call him. We talk at least once a month, if not more."

Crittle is already a high major prospect and he will only get better with intense competition. Perhaps he was a bit overwhelmed in his first exposure at a big time camp. Expect his recruitment to heat up in the following year. Wainwright and company will have to fend off some competition for Crittle's services.

For the rest of the summer look for Crittle on the Meanstreets 16-U AAU team. After that, everyone will be anticipating his arrival at Hales Franciscan. In the meantime keep it at WeAreDePaul.com for all info. on the recruitment of Josh Crittle and the very latest on DePaul Blue Demons prospects.

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