Bloomington, Ind. – The hype that once surrounded Josh Crittle is resurfacing.
A couple of years ago, the 6-8, 215-pounder from Chicago was considered the top player in the Class of 2008 in Illinois. While he's continued to impress with his play first at Timothy Christian H.S. in Elmhurst and now at Chicago's Hales Franciscan, a handful of other Illinois preps have since grabbed many of the headlines he once commanded.
But the buzz around Crittle is being re-kindled. He's coming off a solid junior season at Franciscan where he averaged 15 points and eight rebounds, and he's a key inside presence on one of the country's AAU teams, MeanStreets. That's helped him getting plenty of recruiting interest from across the country.
"(Recruiting) has been going well," Crittle said. "Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, DePaul, Marquette, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Dayton, Iowa, State, Baylor…I've been hearing from all of them."
Indiana has an eye on not only Crittle, but his AAU teammate Michael Dunigan as well. While IU has already offered Dunigan a scholarship, they've yet to extend an offer to Crittle.
"I've been getting mail from Indiana since my sophomore year," Crittle said. "Then I started talking to Coach (Rob) Senderoff, and that's when they really starting turning up the interest."
The first thing that jumps out about Crittle is his stout frame, which allows him to match up with forwards as well as centers. He's also a good athlete who is able to get up and down the floor, and is a good passer as well.
"Most of the time (Indiana's coaches) say they like how I run the floor and my passing," Crittle said. "They haven't offered yet, because they said they want to see me play a little more."
While the IU coaches couldn't watch Crittle at last weekend's Adidas May Classic in Bloomington, word figures to get around about his play. He had a solid effort in a second-round 58-56 win against the Ohio Basketball Club, where he scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds while generally being matched up against either Cincinnati-bound forward Yancy Gates or Ohio State-bound center B.J. Mullens. Gates finished with just six points in the game, while a couple of late 3-pointers enabled Mullens to end the contest with 11 points.
While Indiana hasn't offered, a handful of programs have done so. Marquette, Dayton, Iowa State and Baylor are among those who have offered, while Indiana and Illinois are among the schools who could do so in the not-too-distant future.
Crittle said he plans to come out with a list of potential destinations in July and then take all five of his allotted official visits before making a decision.
Josh Crittle Player Analysis from AMC – Game One: Very physically strong for his age…able to finish around basket after getting contact…tries to fight for position a little more than Dunigan on the defensive end…not a ball handler, but generally makes good decisions with the ball…Game Two (vs. Ohio Basketball Club): A couple of quick first half fouls…good job making a name for himself, backing down, then dishing to Dunigan for a big dunk…went out and guarded Delvon Roe on the perimeter and stayed in front and forced a travel…seven of eight rebounds came in second half.