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Class of 2019 West Point combo guard Austin Crowley

West Point (MS) High School class of 2019 combo guard Austin Crowley is a player to watch.

West Point High School head basketball coach Brad Cox talked about his talented freshman

"He is the first freshman that I have moved up and he ended up starting for most of the year," said Cox. "He has a very high basketball IQ. He may be the best that I have ever coached and he is only a 10th grader. He watches a lot of basketball, he loves it and understands it. He loves to play basketball. He shoots the ball at home all of the time. He plays AAU ball."

He has talent and skill on the court.

"He is so long and handles the ball really well," said Cox. "He can shoot it from the outside but in my opinion his best game is when he is going to the rim. He is very deceptive. He's not going to go by you with blazing speed. It's going to be a step back and go. He has a floater. And he can finish with both hands."

Cox, despite Crowley's youth, expects him to be the leader of this year's West Point team.

"He talks a lot on the court and kind of leads us by trying to get everybody on the same page," said Cox. "The ones who are playing for us now didn't get much playing time last year with the exception of Austin and one more. It is a big summer for us in getting everybody on the same page. And he understands what we are trying to do on offense."

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