Josh Crittle Commits to Oregon

Josh Crittle, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound big man from Chicago (IL) Hales Franciscan, has committed to Oregon, according to sources close to his recruitment. Crittle visited Oregon September 29th and his runner-up choice Minnesota October 5th. Crittle shined as a member of the Mean Street AAU team this spring and summer. Minnesota is looking hard at two true center prospects.

Josh Crittle also visited Kansas State September 15th and Southern Illinois September 22nd. He will join Mean Streets teammates Michael Dunigan and Matthew Humphrey, who committed to the Ducks in July and former Mean Streets big man Joevan Catron, who is a sophomore at Oregon. Humphrey is Crittle's high school teammate and both players were getting recruited by Minnesota before verballing to the Pac-10 school.

Hales Franciscan figures to be one of the top teams in the state next season after finishing 16-10. Crittle averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior. Their season ended with a 65-62 loss to Whitney Young in the playoffs.

Minnesota has two scholarships available and are heavily involved with five players. Their main targets are centers Ralph Sampson and Krys Faber, shooting guard Scott Haralson, combo guard Devoe Joseph and point guard Verdell Jones.

Sampson, who is thought to be favoring Minnesota, is expected to make his college choice soon. Faber, a sleeper from California, will visit Minnesota November 2nd, along with Jones.

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