Crawford to Michigan State?'s Mike Fowler has learned that University of Kentucky and McDonald's High School All-American guard Joe Crawford wants to transfer to Michigan State and could enroll as early as today.

EAST LANSING -'s Mike Fowler has learned that former University of Kentucky and McDonald's High School All-American guard Joe Crawford will transfer to Michigan State and enroll in the winter semester as soon as today.

Crawford, according to reports in the Kentucky Post will enroll in East Lansing today and become eligible to play with the Spartans in the winter of 2006 with junior eligibility due to the fact that the SEC school did not waive his letter of intent, causing him to lose a season of eligibility.

After an announcing stating that Kentucky had given the talented star his release, speculation had been mounting that he would enroll in Michigan due to the fact that he had committed to Tommy Amaker's program last fall. He then de-committed and signed on with Tubby Smith's program.

Due to declining playing time, Crawford decided it was in his best interest to be close to home. With three Spartans players graduating this fall, Crawford could join with sophomore Shannon Brown and freshman point guard Drew Neitzel to give the Spartans a formidable back court tandem.

Crawford's former teammate, Chuck Hayes was saddened by the transfer and that Crawford did not inform him of his decision. "I wish he had talked to me," said Hughes. "He used to ask me questions about what time to be at practice. He used to ask me things like that. He didn't ask me about playing time or leaving. If he had, I could have encouraged him. I guess I will talk to the other freshmen now to make sure they are fine."

Hayes said it was Kentucky's tradition to bring along players slowly and that "waiting your turn" was part of the Kentucky way that apparently didn't sit well with Crawford when former teammate Malik Hairston was logging serious minutes with Oregon.

He will also fit in nicely into a void where former Spartan commit Eric Devendorf was expected to be. Devendorf de-committed from MSU and is expected to join the Florida Gators this fall.

Crawford has been spotted in attendance at the Breslin Center over the past two weeks.

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