KC Big Man Casey Crawford Gets Gopher Interest

Casey Crawford, a 6-foot-9 center/power forward from Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley North, is one of the top big men in the Midwest. Crawford helped lead the K.C. Pump and Run to the Price Chopper/Kansas City Prep Invitational title last weekend and the Final Eight of the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas the previous week. Crawford has received offers from several top Midwest programs, including Minnesota. Golden Sports.Net recently caught with Crawford to find out the latest on his recruitment.

Casey Crawford led Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley North to a 19-3 mark last season. The Mustangs started the season 1-2 before winning 18 straight games before losing to Shawnee Mission West 59-47 in the Class 6A - Sub-State Basketball finals. They finished 10-0 in conference play and he was named the Eastern Kansas League Player of the Year. Crawford averaged 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots per game last season. He led the team in scoring 15 times and tied for scoring honors once. Crawford shot 48.2% from the field, 33.3% from three-point range and 70.1% from the line.

Crawford received numerous honors as a junior as he was named 1st Team All Metro, 1st Team All Sun, 1st Team All Metro Sports. Crawford was named 2nd Team All State by the Topeka Journal and 3rd Team All State by the Wichita Eagle.

I spoke with Crawford in Vegas and followed up with him today to find the latest infomation. Crawford said that he is trying to narrow his list of schools to eight and then to five.

"I'm looking at West Virginia, Wichita State, Georgetown, Minnesota, Tulane and Pacific. All those schools have offered a scholarship. I am meeting with my coach in 30 minutes to narrow the list down to five.

Crawford said that he is wide open in his recruitment.

"I have no favorite. I'm going to figure that out in August.

Crawford is deciding where he is going to visit yet.

I'm definitely going to visit West Virginia and will talk to my coach and decide on the rest."

Crawford is also an excellent student who posted a 25 on the ACT and 1580 on his SAT. He plans to major in business. Crawford is the AAU teammate of Roderick Pearson, who has gotten the attention of the Minnesota Gopher coaches.

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