Casey Crawford is Having a Strong Senior Year

Casey Crawford, a 6-foot-9 center/power forward from Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley North, is one of the top unsigned big men in the Midwest. Crawford helped lead the K.C. Pump and Run to the Price Chopper/ Kansas City Prep Invitational title the last week in July and the Final Eight of the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas the previous week and is having an outstanding season for the Mustangs. Crawford had early interest from Minnesota, which could pick up this spring.

Casey Crawford has paced the Mustangs to a 13-6 record after a 58-55 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas Friday, despite scoring 23 points in the loss.

Crawford recently became the school's all-time leading scorer. Crawford made his first seven shots and finished with 31 points to lead Blue Valley North to a 68-51 road victory Tuesday at Blue Valley West. He scored North's first 16 points as the Mustangs rolled to a 21-9 lead and he finished 11 of 18 from the field and seven of eight at the free-throw line, and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Crawford finished with 23 points Wednesday in their 51-46 win over Grandview. He made two three-pointers in the victory.

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 first-team All Metro, first-team All Sun, first-team All Metro Sports. Crawford was named second-team All State by the Topeka Journal and third-team All State by the Wichita Eagle.

Crawford visited West Virginia Sept. 16, but before he could commit the Mountaineers landed a strong six-man class. He visited Wichita State Sept. 23 and had a visit with Minnesota planned, but that was cancelled after the Gophers received a commitment from Bryce Webster.

Crawford is also an excellent student who posted a 25 on the ACT and 1580 on his SAT. He plans to major in business.

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