Joe Crawford and Guard/Wing Depth (Updated)

A revised look at the depth at the 1,2, and 3 spots at the schools Joe Crawford is considering. Again, the results are quite revealing.

Joe Crawford's skill set will command playing time at any one of these schools. There is absolutely no question about that. He said that he understood that each school is going to have players at his position because he's unwilling to go to a school with no talent. However, he further indicated that he wanted the BEST opportunity for playing time. In my analysis I considered the 1,2, and 3 spots. At Michigan, the 2 and the 3 are interchangeable positions and he would see significant time at both. Such is the case at most of the other schools on his list as well. For that reason I added the 3 to the analysis.

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mpg - Minutes Per Game
ppg - Points Per Game
apg - Assists Per Game
rpg - Rebounds Per Game

School YR. POS. Player Rank/MPG/PPG Eligibility Joe's Freshman Yr.

Cincinnati 2002 SG Armein Kirkland

9.2 mpg/3.4 ppg/2.0 rpg
Kirkland has the ability to contribute in a number of ways. His size, 6-8, gives him the presence of a big man. He has the skills—shooting, passing, ball-handling—to make an impact on the perimeter. Kirkland saw action in both roles in the Cincinnati attack. Became the backup for the small forward position and saw action at the power forward spot when the team went to a quicker lineup. Finished his freshman season strong, averaging 10.3 points over his final four games. He is a great passer who averaged nearly seven assists as a senior in high school. Was rated as the No. 99 high school prospect and the No. 22-rated small forward by

  2001 SG Nick Williams

Rated the eighth-best recruit in the state of Texas by

  2002 SG/SF James White

Transferred from the University of Florida. One of the top subs on the perimeter as a freshman at Florida in 2001-02. Earned McDonald’ All-American honors as a senior at Hargrave Military Academy in 2000-01. Was ranked among the top three small forward prospects in the country by The Sporting News. Named Maryland high school Player of the Year as a junior at Newport High School in Kensington, Md. in 1999-00, after averaging 23.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Was a sprinter on the track team. Dunked for the first time as a 12-year old and has beaten Dermar Johnson and Kelvin Torbett in slam dunk competitions.

  2002 PG Chadd Moore

rated as the No. 61 high school prospect and the No. 14 senior point guard by PrepStars rated him No. 58 among high school seniors with PrepSpotlight ranking him as the 10th best point guard prospect
  Recruiting Notables
  2004 SG Vincent Banks
By the end of his senior season, he was regarded as the top senior player in the state of Georgia. First-team all-state performer as a senior. Big time stroke from downtown and he can really fill it up. Did not qualify and will prep at Laurinburg before startting his Bearcat career as a freshman in 2004

Illinois 2001 SG Luther Head
20.4 mpg/7.9 ppg/2.8 rpg
Pelvic injury slowed him during the season and caused him to miss seven games, but he still started eight games and is played more than 20 minutes per contest. Shot 58.5 percent (24-of-41) from the floor in his last 10 games and hit 48 percent (12-of-25) of his shots from beyond the arc in his last 11. Fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 7.9 point. Shot 42.4 percent from 3-point land (28-of-66). Also hit 51.9 percent of his shots from the floor (68-131) ... Scored in double figures nine times, including five times during Big Ten play
  2001 SF Roger Powell
18.6 mpg/8.7 ppg/3.4 rpg
Named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after leading Illinois with 16 points in the Tournament title Led the Big Ten in field goal percentage in conference games, connecting on 64.1 percent of his shots (50-78).
  2002 PG Dee Brown
34.1 mpg/12.0 ppg/4.97 apg
Second-Team All-Big Ten selection by the media and Third-Team All-Big Ten by league coaches. Named to first-ever Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Named All-Freshman Team by Started 31-of-32 games this season at guard Earned Mr. Basketball honors in state of Illinois following his senior season. Named Illinois’ Gatorade Player of the Year in 2002, McDonald’s All-American, and Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette Illinois Player of the Year in 2002. First-team All-State pick by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. Averaged 25.6 points, 5.5 assists and 2.9 steals per game as a senior
  2002 PG/SG Deron Williams

27.1 mpg/6.3 ppg/4.53 apg
One of 18 finalists for the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Trials along with teammate Dee Brown. started 30 of 32 games this season for the Illini at guard. Named All-Freshman Team by Consensus Top 50 recruit nationally. Averaged 17.6 points, 8.4 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game as a senior … Averaged 17 points, 9.4 assists, five rebounds and two steals per game as a junior…2001 and 2002 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) First-Team All-State selection ... First-team All-State selection by the Dallas Morning News

  2003 SG Richard McBride

Three-time all-state selection by the Champaign News-Gazette and Chicago Sun-Times and two-time pick by the Associated Press, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) and Chicago Tribune ... Finished third in voting for Illinois’ Mr. Basketball as a senior. Finished his high school career as Lanphier’s all-time leading scorer with 2,068 points
  2003 SF Brian Randle

Three-time all-state selection by the Champaign News-Gazette ... Averaged 22.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 5.2 blocks and 3.1 assists as a senior. First-team All-State selection by the Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign News-Gazette, Associated Press and second-team by Chicago Tribune. Consensus Top 50 recruit
  Recruiting Notables
  2004 PG Shaun Livingston

6-6 175PG ranked #1 at his position nationally. From Peoria High Scol in Peoria Illinois...the same school attended by former Illini players Sergio McClain, Marcus Griffin and Frank William and current Illini players Jerrance Howard and Brian Randle. Also played on the same AAU squad as Brian Randle and Richard McBride. Illonois a finalist for Livingston and has his last visit on October 25.

Kentucky 2004 SG Adam Williams
Attended the Kentucky basketball team camp and days later found himself with a scholarship offer to play for the Wildcats. UK’s first commitment from the Class of 2004.
  2004 SG Bobby Perry
Averaged 24.8 ppg and 10.9 rpg as a senior at Hillside High School. Was a four year starter for the Hornets averaging 19.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg in his high school career. Named the Five County 3-A Player of the Year and was a finalist for McDonald’s All-America honors
  2002 PG Brandon Stockton

4.6 mpg/1.3 ppg
Named the 2002 Kentucky Mr. Basketball after averaging 25.9 ppg and 5.1 rpg in his senior season. Was named first-team All-State by The Associated Press, the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader as a senior and was the top vote getter in all three polls…Was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Kentucky

  2002 SG Kelenna Azubuike
8.4 mpg/3.7 ppg
Averaged 39.1 ppg and 13.3 rpg to leading Victory Christian to the Class 4A state championship game as a senior
  Recruiting Notables
  2002 PG Patrick Sparks NA
Transferred from Western Kentucky to Kentucky. Chose the Wildcats over Louisville, OKST, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Georgia. 1st team All-Sun Belt selection as a sophomore. Also, named Most Outstanding Player for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Averaged 13.3 points, 5.9 assists & 2.2 steals per contest as a sophomore.
All-Sun Belt Tournament selection as a freshman. Set Western Kentucky freshman records for assists, steals and 3-point fieldgoals made. Averaged 10.4 points, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.The leading scorer in Kentucky (31.4 ppg) as a high school senior at Muhlenberg North.

Michigan 2003 PG/SG Dion Harris
2003 Michigan's Hal Schram Mr. Basketball ... first PSL player to receive the award since 1995 ... 2003 Parade All-America second team ... 2003 FutureStars All-America third team ... 2002 and 2003 Detroit Free Press Dream Team ... 2001 and 2003 Detroit News Dream Team ... 2001 and 2002 Detroit News All-State first team ... 2001 Detroit Free Press All-State second team. for career averaged 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists ... four-year starter ... finished with an 82-16 career record. as a senior (2003), averaged 24.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals ... shot 46 percent from the field, 42 percent on three-pointers and 74 percent on free throws
  2002 PG Daniel Horton
36.1 mpg/15.2 ppg
2003 Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year, by Big Ten coaches and media ... 2003 Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team, inaugural team ... 2003 All-Big Ten second team, by Big Ten coaches and media ... U-M’s 2003 Bill Buntin MVP Award ... U-M’s 2003 Gary Grant Assist Award ... 2003 Basketball Times All-Freshman first team ... 2003 All-Freshman team ... set U-M freshman record for three-point field goals in a season (74) and three-point field goal attempts in a season (216) ... three-time Big Ten Conference Player of the Week ... first time in Big Ten history a freshman has been selected three times. 2002 Parade All-America second team ... 2002 McDonald's All-America ... played in McDonald's All-America game ... West All-Star and starter
  2002 SG/SF Lester Abram
32.1 mpg/10.6 ppg
U-M’s 2003 Iron Man Award ... U-M’s 2003 Award for Outstanding Free Throw Shooting ... Michigan Sports Network Player of the Game, one time. 2001 and 2002 Detroit News Dream Team ... 2001 and 2002 Detroit News All-Metro first team ... 2002 Detroit News All-North first team ... 2002 Detroit Free Press Dream Team ... 2002 Detroit Free Press All-Metro first team ... selected as the captain of the All-Metro team ... 2002 Detroit Free Press All-North first team ... selected as the captain of the All-North team ... 2002 Oakland Press Oakland County Dream Team ... Third in voting for the 2002 Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award ... Top 100 selection for McDonald's All-America ... 2002 All-State Dream Team
  Recruiting Notables
  2004 SF Ronald Coleman
Will eventually be one of the bigger scorers in the Big Ten. Committed to Michigan as a sophomore. Great stroke and is accurate to 3-point range. Also does nice things off the bounce and will rebound for you. Terrific prospect who plays hard and competes. 5th team all-stater by the Detroit News as a sophomore.

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