Crawford Is One to Watch

The Terps are pursuing 2015 point guard Bryant Crawford, 6-feet-2, who plays for the always strong Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) program, ably coached by Steve Turner. TT spoke to Coach Turner this week to find out all the latest buzz on his stellar floor leader.

We've mentioned recently the urgent need to add another guard in the 2015 class with point guard skills, and one of the nation's better ones plays right in Maryland's back yard. That would be Bryant Crawford, 6-feet-2, who plays for the always strong Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) program, ably coached by Steve Turner. TT spoke to Coach Turner this week to find out all the latest buzz on his stellar floor leader.

"Bryant's 100 percent healthy now, and he's really motivated," said Turner. "He had some injuries in the past, and I think some of the scouts and fans got down on him a little. I think Bryant wants to show everyone now that he's back and ready to go. But moreso he just wants to play basketball at the highest level he can.

"People who know the game know he can play. He's been invited to the NBA Camp, he'll play in the Nike Skills Academy, and he's going to participate again in the USA Basketball Developmental program. Plus, he's got another session of the EYBL coming up, and of course the Peach Jam in July."

Crawford attracted some early attention from Maryland last year, but the backcourt was crowded then and no push was made. Obviously, things have changed and the Terps, among others, are making a charge for the Kensington, Md., resident.

"Coach (Mark) Turgeon officially offered Bryant last week," said Turner. "From all I can tell, they're really serious about recruiting Bryant. I think the thing that might work to their benefit is that it's still early in the process for Bryant. He hasn't really been out to see many colleges campuses, so he's still gathering information on a lot of schools. His plan is to make some unofficial visits in June. He's going to get out to Louisville in June, and also plans on visiting Maryland as well. A lot of schools are very interested in him."

The list of schools after Crawford is very impressive.

"Well , of course, Louisville (with former Indiana assistant Kenny Johnson on hand) is in the mix, and Indiana remains on him hard as well," said Turner. "Villanova, NC State, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Maryland pretty much are the schools he'll be considering. You hear a lot about Bryant leaning here or there, but again, this is a process, and it will play out in time. He's going into this with an open mind."

We asked Turner specifically about Crawford's interest in Maryland.

"Bryant will look at Maryland without a doubt," said Turner. "Playing close to home would be appealing to him. They weren't in the picture before because they were stacked at guard. That's no longer the case. They really need a point guard now. So yeah, Bryant's interested, and it's pretty obvious to me based on the past couple weeks, that Maryland is seriously going to recruit him."

We've seen Crawford countless times. Gonzaga was dogged by injuries this year, and Crawford was a bit inconsistent with his shot on the times we saw him. That said, he's got loads of skills. He's a quality passer, competent handler, and can really get in your grill defensively.

When you add in his very good athleticism and competitive spirit, you've got an awfully good prospect. Crawford played exceptionally well last weekend in Hampton on the EYBL circuit, and looked impressive in the Metro Challenge 60, which was held in March. As his list of schools will attest, Bryant Crawford is highly regarded by many of the elite programs in the land.

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