So, when North Point coach Ken Lane called Crowell Monday night to say Rutgers offered him a scholarship, there was an immediate surge of excitement.
"I'm very happy I got an offer from them,'' the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Crowell said. "I went up to their junior day in January and I really liked the school, and the facilities, and the coaches were really nice. They're really coming on and they're probably going to be one of the top teams in the Big East this year.''
Everything about Crowell's trip to Rutgers was memorable, he said. He added that he attended a few camps in New Jersey since junior day, and got a better feel for the campus, and New Brunswick.
"I thought it was great,'' he said. "It's not that far from my home, about four hours up the road, and it's not too stressful to get there. Not much traffic, either. The school is nice and the city near it is nice.
"And it's a big multi-media area, a mass media place, right by New York, which is nice.''
Since the mid-January meet-and-greet at Rutgers, Crowell's recruitment intensified. In addition to the Rutgers offer, he holds offers from Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, Connecticut, Ohio State and Hawaii, which holds significance since his parents grew up on Oahu, not far from the campus.
"It's something to look at,'' Crowell said. "Most of my family is down there, so I'd definitely consider it.''
Crowell visited Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio State in the spring. After a respite, he will tour more campuses in the summer, and said Rutgers is "definitely" a school he will visit.
"All the schools are equal right now. It's only spring time,'' Crowell said. "I'll probably narrow my list down at the start of the season and evaluate what all the schools have to offer.''