Crawford has 'a lot of interest' in Cardinals

Gonzaga Prep, D.C., guard Bryant Crawford is one of the Class of 2015 prospects the University of Louisville basketball staff took a look at during a recent evaluation period. The Cardinals are one of the top options for Crawford.

Gonzaga Prep (D.C.) guard Bryant Crawford had been hearing from the University of Louisville staff during his junior season of high school.

Crawford said the Cardinals were an intriguing option and that he had "followed them pretty closely the past two seasons."

Now, with the addition of Kenny Johnson as an assistant coach the Cardinals have become one of the top options for Crawford.

The 6-foot-1 point guard said the Cardinals are "showing a lot of interest" now and coach Rick Pitino and two assistants - Johnson and Mike Balado - were watching him at a recent event in Sacramento, Calif.

"I have a great relationship with coach Johnson," Crawford said. "He was recruiting me at Indiana and after that said he was going to be doing the same at Louisville.

"I talked with coach Pitino and he said he wants me to get up to campus and see everything before he makes me an offer."

Crawford has offers from Connecticut, Indiana, Georgetown, Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and several others.

He's ranked as the No. 51 player in the Class of 2015 and the No. 7 point guard in the class. Crawford averaged nine points in the EBYL event two weeks ago in Sacramento.

"I had a nice talk with coach Pitino," Crawford said. "I like how they use the guards, I like the program and coach Johnson said he wants to tell me more about Louisville.

"I've watched them and they have a winning program, so that's always great."

Crawford said he's hoping to have a list narrowed down by the summer and then make a decision before his high school season.

"I want to make the best decision for me," Crawford said. "I want to find the right place and play in a good program."

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