“He has a special gift with his feel for the game,” Fordham told Phog.Net. “He’s always had it. Ever since the seventh grade when I first started coaching him he’s been great. You can’t explain it, it’s just special how he makes others better.”
The high praise from a coach is always expected, but the lists of programs heavily tracking the slender guard validates what Fordham says. Simply put, kids don’t draw loads of attention and scholarship offers from places like Arizona, Cincinnati, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and others because they can't get the job done.
It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s also proven that Crater’s hard work is playing off.
“It’s overwhelming really, but he’s having a good time with it,” said Fordham. “He realizes that his work in the gym is paying off. He’s like a kid in a candy store with all of these people coming after him.”
According to Fordham, Arizona, Florida, Kansas and Ohio State have separated themselves a little from the pack, but there is still time for others make up ground. Crater would like to make a decision next spring and to help him he’s already taken unofficial visits to Arizona, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State. He’s not done either, the plan is for him to knock out visits to Cincy, Florida, Kansas and Pitt this season.
When he takes visits, he’s paying close attention to who is on the roster and who is projected to be coming in before making a decision.
“Who is coming in, who is leaving, that’s important,” said Fordham. “A lot of coaches say this and that but then it happens differently. He and his mom are just sitting back and evaluating to see if it does.”
Originally scheduled to visit Lawrence for Late Night in the Phog, Crater had to cancel last minute because of his mother’s work responsibilities, but he will visit during the winter.
“I told coach that we’ll get him down there,” said Fordham. “His mom really likes Kansas and we are all interested to see how the season is going to go for them.”
Originally leading the Kansas charge was assistant Kurtis Townsend, but Fordham says head man Bill Self has been handling much of the recruitment himself lately. He also says that Crater has been studying up on Kansas.
“He just knows about the history,” said Fordham. “He knows that Kansas is a basketball school. He’s done his homework on them and everybody else.”