Crandall Head is a 6-3 guard that is one of the most athletic players in the state of Illinois right now and he's only a sophomore. Future teammate Brandon Paul said, "Crandall is the real deal, he can do a lot of things for a player his age. He's going to be a good one." The current rankings for the instate class of 2010 lists fellow Illini commitment, Jereme Richmond, as the state's best player and Head number two. It's been year's since Illinois has "cleaned" up the state in recruiting. Both of these future stars share great charisma, skill, and pure talent. That's why I feel both of these two gentlemen will receive a lot of accolades by the time they finish their high school careers.
"I've always liked Illinois. My brother Luther went there and that did help a lot, I can't lie. But I want to play with Jereme, he was a big factor in my coming to school there too. I like Jerrance Howard, he was the coach recruiting me and he was close to Luther, so it was all just a natural fit for me," Head said.
"I don't get the chance to talk to all my future teammates except Jereme and D.J. We text each other a lot and that's helpful. We just talk about our teams and what we need to do to get things rolling again," added Head.
Head likes the style of play that Illinois brings to the table, "I like to get up and down the court and Coach Weber is very good at that, and he will be able to get us all exposure, and make us better players by the time we are done at Illinois," stated Head.
Like most fans and alumni, it's hard to watch the current group of Illini go through their growing pains, and Head is no different. "When I go to the games, sometimes during half-time, I'll go in the lockeroom and tell them to keep their heads up and hang in there. I want to show them a lot of encouragement when I'm down there," said Head.
According to Head, so far this season he's averaging 20.0 points and 10 rebounds per game, but still hopes to improve each game and every year. Head was in Champaign last month for a Shootout and scored a career high 34 points and told reporters then he wanted to play for Illinois. This past Sunday Head made it all official.
Keep it tuned to InsideIllini.com for more updates on Head's season and the progress of all of Illinois' recent verbal commitments.