Junior Melrose G attending Memphis Madness

After some initial uncertainty about where he‘d be this weekend, junior Melrose (Memphis, Tenn.) guard Markel Crawford confirmed Wednesday he‘d be attending Memphis Madness Friday.

After some initial uncertainty about where he‘d be this weekend, junior Melrose (Memphis, Tenn.) guard Markel Crawford confirmed Wednesday he‘d be attending Memphis Madness Friday.

"I know it's going to be fun," Crawford said. "I know everyone at Memphis Madness, that's why I'm going."

Crawford said he debated on unofficially visiting Tennessee this weekend or attending Auburn's madness event. Ultimately, the pure entertainment value of Rick Ross — and possibly others, including Wale — persuaded him to attend the University of Memphis' festivities.

"I think it's going to be good," Crawford said. "I like Rick Ross. Everybody likes Wale. I know it'll be better than last year."

Crawford has offers from Tennessee, Florida, Kent State, Southeast Missouri State, and Auburn. He's gotten interest from the U of M, Marquette, Arkansas, Georgetown, and Wichita State among others.

Growing up in the city, Crawford said he's always liked the U of M.

"Memphis has a great tradition," he said. "They get good players every year. They have a hard-working coach."

Crawford is currently unranked by Scout.com but said that he's working harder than ever to change that.

"I need to put up some big numbers and help us beat some ranked teams," Crawford said. "That should get my name out there."

The 6-foot-5 guard had a good summer with Memphis YOMCA and he's hoping his recent performances carry over into the high school basketball season.

Two weeks ago, Crawford scored 48 points in a fall league game and said his confidence runs parallel with his performance.

"My confidence is going up a whole lot," Crawford said. "In my mind, I can't be stopped. That's helped me a lot."


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