Will Crawford Round Out IU's Class?

Indiana has one more scholarship to offer in its 2007 class, and it will welcome Hargrave Military Academy combo guard Jordan Crawford to Bloomington this weekend. Is Crawford set to round out IU's '07 class?

Jordan Crawford isn't too far from having to make a decision.

Of course, that decision might just be about whether or not he's ready to make a decision.

The 6-4 combo guard from Hargrave Military Academy will be in Bloomington this weekend for an official visit, his second in as many weeks. Last weekend the Detroit product made an official stop at Xavier, the only other official he's taken to date.

"Jordan and his family are going to have to sit down after the IU visit to decide if they plan on taking more visits, or if they'll end up going to Indiana or Xavier," said Hargrave Military Academy Coach Kevin Keatts.

His prep school coach said both IU and Xavier have scholarships waiting if Crawford is so inclined to pull the trigger. While waiting until the spring to sign is always an option, Keatts said signing during the early signing period – which begins Nov. 8 – is the more likely scenario.

"I think from the time he got here his plans were to be a fall signee, but you never know," Keatts said.

Indiana has four verbals to date and one more scholarship to offer, and it appears they've targeted Crawford and Chicago point guard Derrick Rose for that final spot in the 2007 recruiting class. Rose will be at Illinois this weekend, and appears to be down to Indiana, Memphis and now possibly the Illini. He's expected to announce his decision after the early signing period starts.

While IU waits on Rose, they'll welcome Crawford to town this weekend. The younger brother of Kentucky guard Joe Crawford, Jordan is Scout.com's 21st ranked small forward nationally, someone who is a versatile player who can play a variety of positions on the basketball floor.

"He's a very exciting player," Keatts said. "He's 6-3 1/2 or 6-4, athletic, and can play either guard spot. He shoots the ball well, and I don't know that anyone is any better than him at getting to the rim. He can really finish."

Crawford put those skills on display recently during a preseason scrimmage against Oak Hill Academy. Crawford scored a team-high 21 points for Keatts squad, which features as many as 10 or 11 players who the coaching staff envisions eventually signing Division I scholarships.

Those are the same sort of numbers Crawford put up over the summer while playing with The Family AAU squad, and that's when the IU staff began to give serious consideration to trying to lure the Rennaisance H.S. grad to Bloomington.

"I think they saw him this summer, and they've always liked him," Keatts said about IU's interest. "Then they realized he was coming up to Hargrave, and they came up during the live period and took a look at him. Obviously what they saw in the summer is exactly what he was. And he's maybe even matured a little more.

"I think (Indiana) plans on using him in a variety of ways. Since he handles the ball well and sees the floor they plan on using him a little at the point. But he can also move over and play the 2. Depending on how big your lineup is, he can also move over and play some wing for you."

He'll do all those things this season at Hargrave, the same school that current Hoosier Armon Bassett polished his skills at last winter. Crawford is using his time at the Chatham, Va., prep school to work on his academics as well as play against a slew of other Division I-caliber athletes, something that should make him well prepared to be an immediate contributor wherever he winds up.

"Our projection is we might have 10-11 Division I guys on this team, and getting to compete against each other every day is big," Keatts said. "Certainly there are some very good high schools out there, but you don't have the chance to compete every day…you'll get challenged in some of your games, but these guys get challenged in practice and in games."

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