6'4 sophomore Javaris Crittenton of Atlanta Southwest Christian Academy had an excellent showing at the adidas ABCD Camp last week in Teaneck, NJ and will be recruited at the highest level.
Crittenton, a high school teammate of 6'11 Dwight Howard, is rated the 7th best sophomore in the nation by the HoopScoop's Clark Francis and proved last week with his play he is deserving of such a lofty ranking.
Javaris, a 190 pound combo guard, is extremely skilled and versatile. He's strong enough to finish around the basket and can also knock down the three point shot. He gets after it on defense and isn't afraid to go inside and grad boards. While he can play off the ball, Crittenton is a more natural point, a big and strong one at that.
"I'm a combo guard but mainly the point guard," Crittenton told ITV. "I can run the floor, spot up for the jump and push the ball."
Crittenton want to take full advantage of his time spent at ABCD playing and learning from the best players in the nation.
"It's been a good experience coming to play against the top players in the nation," Crittenton said. "I've played alright….I'm just playing my best up here. The greatest coaches are up here and a lot of great players to play against."
Despite entering just his second year at SACA this fall, Crittenton is well known to major college programs and is already receiving lots of recruiting mail.
While Crittenton hadn't heard from Louisville as of last week, though we believe that's about to change real soon, Javaris listed the Cardinals among his four favorites, along with Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Kansas.
"Louisville, you know, I like Rick Pitino," Crittenton said. "I like how he runs the program and I watch them play a lot."
Crittenton, who wants to play at the highest level and works hard to improve his game everyday, already knows what Coach Pitino is all about and would love to play and learn from the demanding Louisville coach.
"I've heard from a lot of people it's just great conditioning," Crittenton said of Pitino's program. "I need to be in shape because I'm trying to make the pros….I need a college coach that's going to push me to be the best."
And that's primarily the reason Crittenton has the Cards at the top of his list.
"I haven't received any mail from them [UofL] but that's my top school," Crittenton said of the Cards. "I like Louisville a lot."
And if Cardinal fans watched Javaris play, they'd quickly like the young point guard a lot too.