"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.