Mark Crawford feature: Part 3 of 4

I have adjusted to him. It was different at first. He was kind of laid back and calm. Then when I did something wrong, I wasn't sure if he was mad or not mad. But I have adjusted to him and his attitude and I know what he wants.

Question: What is it like playing for coach Petri, who is not the easiest guy to please unless you are almost perfect?

Crawford: "I have adjusted to him. It was different at first. He was kind of laid back and calm. Then when I did something wrong, I wasn't sure if he was mad or not mad. But I have adjusted to him and his attitude and I know what he wants. I plan to give him what he wants so I can learn this and get better. He is teaching me stuff and I never knew. Once I get it mastered, there's no telling how far I can go.

Question: How much do you watch seniors Corey Peters and Jeremy Jarmon to try and learn from them?

Crawford: "I watch Jarmon a lot. He does these techniques so well. I watch them both all I can. I try to mimic them because they are the older guys and me being a younger guy coming from junior college, I try to watch them because their technique is so good."

Question: Is it easier or harder for a junior college player to fit into a team?

Crawford: "I think it is way more easier for the junior college guys. I think sometimes guys may come in and may think they know everything out of high school. But it's easy here because the maturity level is so high. You are playing against big guys like Christian Johnson or Zipp Duncan here and everybody is bigger, faster, stronger and smarter. Plus, in junior college you had a chance to get some classes out of the way while you matured more. Coming here as a freshman, I might not have gone to class like I was supposed to. After going to junior college, I go to class every day, keep up with my work and I approach my academics way more different than I might have if I had come here as a freshman."


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