Crider Picking Up Late Interest

Wayne (OH) High School forward Markus Crider has a few weeks to make a decision, but for now, he's playing the waiting game.

The 6-6 forward holds offers from Akron, Providence, Wisconsin, and others, but is getting a lot of late interest. Northwestern, Colorado, Bradley, and VCU have all expressed interest in extending an offer. For now, Crider is waiting to hear from those schools.

Meanwhile, Crider is evaluating his options.

"It's an even playing field," said Markus Crider.

Northwestern threw their hat into the ring recently, with NU assistant coach Tavaras Hardy leading his recruitment. After learning more about the Wildcats, Crider is planning on visiting Evanston next week. Thus far, he's been very impressed with NU.

"It's a great school," Crider said. "All around, academically it's great. After academics, the degree, you can get a job anywhere in the country. You can't beat Big Ten basketball."

As things have progressed, Crider and Coach Hardy have developed a strong relationship.

"He's a cool dude," Crider said. "We crack jokes. I talk to him a lot. We talked last weekend. He's a really cool coach."

Crider has less than two weeks to make his commitment, but that won't come till all of his official visits are completed.

As a junior, Crider averaged 13 points per game and 13.5 rebounds per game, while leading his Wayne High School team to a 22-2 record.

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