Crittle Gets IU Offer, Talks Recruiting

Bloomington, Ind. – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson has decided Josh Crittle has something to offer the Hoosier program. And that's why IU recently extended a scholarship offer to the 6-8, 215-pound forward from Chicago's Hales Franciscan H.S...

Bloomington, Ind. – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson has decided Josh Crittle has something to offer the Hoosier program.

And that's why IU recently extended a scholarship offer to the 6-8, 215-pound forward from Chicago's Hales Franciscan H.S., Crittle said he got the IU offer a week or two before he came to town for IU's Elite Camp last week.

"(Sampson) told me he really likes my personality and he really likes my game, and he really wants me to be a Hoosier for him," Crittle said.

Crittle is a mobile big man who averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior at Hales Franciscan. Considered one of the top players in the Chicago area in the 2008 class, Crittle transferred to Hales Franciscan after spending his first two years at Elmhurst Timothy Christian H.S.

Now that he has the Indiana offer in hand, the Hoosiers have catapulted up Crittle's list of potential destinations. He said Marquette is in the lead, while Indiana "is real close behind." He also listed Iowa and Virginia among the other schools he's considering.

Crittle said Marquette Coach Tom Crean is the biggest reason why he's currently favoring the Big East school, while Indiana's tradition is a big draw as well.

"I'm honored to get an offer (from IU) because it's Indiana basketball, and it's crazy," Crittle said. "Their university has so much history, I'm honored to be considered to be a Hoosier."

Crittle used his trip to Bloomington for the Elite Camp as an opportunity to look around the campus as well. He said he went around town with IU newcomers Eric Gordon and DeAndre Thomas, and also was able to sit down and talk with Sampson about the Hoosier program.

While the IU Elite Camp was his one and only college camp that he's attending this summer, he does plan on making stops at each of his potential destinations before coming to a decision, potentially in late August or early September.

"I want to give every school an opportunity, so I want to check out every school before I make a decision so I know I've made the right one," Crittle said.

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