MU signs JUCO POY Jae Crowder

Milwaukee – The Marquette University men's basketball program has signed junior college player of the year Jae Crowder to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Buzz Williams announced Wednesday morning. Crowder, a 6-6, 215-pounder, will arrive on campus this summer and have two years of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.

"We are really excited about adding Jae to our current class," Williams said. "He fits a huge need on our team and we anticipate that he will handle that perfectly. As our roster continues to evolve, it is important that we add not only high-major players, but high-character individuals that fit into our culture, and Jae fits that perfectly.

"He has won at the highest level at each stop along his path to Marquette, and he completely understands the expectations of our program on and off the floor," Williams added. "We are thankful for all the relationships we have been able to build in this process, with his family and his coaches."

The 2009-10 NJCAA Player of the Year (voted on by the coaches association) and First Team All-America selection helped Howard College to its first-ever national title in men's basketball. He was named to the all-tournament team and chipped in 27 points and 12 rebounds in the 85-80 overtime victory against Three Rivers CC in the title matchup. Howard was ranked second in the country and claimed the Region V title en route to its championship and Crowder finished among the league leaders in several categories.

Crowder averaged 18.9 points and 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game as a sophomore while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 76.0 percent from the charity stripe.

In 2008-09, Crowder helped South Georgia Tech Junior College to its first-ever NJCAA national tournament appearance. The Raiders finished 21-7 overall and he was tabbed the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Year and garnered NJCAA Second Team All-America accolades. Crowder averaged 17.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in the state tournament and the team posted a perfect 20-0 record on its home court.

As a senior in 2007-08 at Villa Rica High School in Georgia, Crowder helped the Wildcats to an overall record of 17-9 under head coach James Robinson. He was named the Times-Georgian Co-Player of the Year that season after posting season averages of 18.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Crowder also starred on the football team at Villa Rica as the team's starting quarterback.

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