SOR Recruiting Update: Givon Crump

SOR first introduced Givon Crump to Rutgers fans back in February. Since then, he has, as they say these days, "blown up", and has become quite a hot commodity. SOR caught up again with the Washington DC native, who is looking to end his recruitment soon, and who is very high on Rutgers list of priorities.

When we spoke with Jason Smith, head coach at New Hampshire's Brewster Academy, about his then-junior forward Givon Crump, he said: "A lot of coaches don't do their homework. They say a guy playing 10-15 minutes a game, and figure he can't be that good".

That was then - and now is certainly much different. It's a safe bet that no coach who's familiar with Givon Crump assumes that anymore. Of course, there were some coaches and schools that knew the real scoop about Crump back then, and Rutgers was certainly one of them.

Now however, after a hot summer where Crump's deadly shooting stroke has been on display (specifically at the Reebok All-American camp in Philadelphia, which kind of served as a national coming-out party for him), Crump is a secret no more. In addition to Rutgers, Crump lists Michigan, Oregon St, Wake Forest, Maryland, and SMU as the schools pursuing him the hardest.

How does Crump feel about the way his recruitment has gone since then? "I wouldn't call it hectic", he said, "but it's something I'm looking forward to having done with". He said that he would like to be able to make a decision around the end of August or the early part of September.

As for Rutgers, there's no question that the Scarlet Knights are top contenders. "Definitely", said Crump, when asked if RU is still a possible destination. He attended the Rutgers skills camp in July, and said that "It went real well. The coaches showed me a lot of love".

The coach that has been showing Crump the love the longest has been assistant coach Craig Carter, who has known Givon for three years now, but Crump also noted a strong and growing relationship with head coach Fred Hill, stating that "At the skills camp, we spoke a lot. He said that he sees me as a guy that can come in and really affect a game with my shooting, especially with the three point line farther out now. I also know he's had a long conversation with my father".

Those familiar with Crump's recruitment know that the opportunity for immediate playing time will factor in heavily in his decision. He said that when he does eventually decide on a school, he'll be looking for the "best combination of basketball and education".

This year, his final one at prep powerhouse Brewster, Crump noted that Coach Smith has named him team captain. That's no small feat at a school like that, whose roster is normally stocked from beginning to end with D-1 prospects. Considering the type of young man that Crump is however, it should come as no surprise.

Coach Smith was positively effusive with praise about Givon when I spoke with him last February. There appears no doubt that whatever school Crump ultimately picks, they will have scored a major recruiting coup. If RU can convince him of a secure spot in the rotation early on, it may very well be them.


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