Crockett adds new dimension for Pat Knight

After months of recruiting what many may call a sleeper, Texas Tech's head coach Pat Knight pulled in another recruit for the hardwood. Forward Jaye Crockett for Clovis High School in New Mexico gave word to the Red Raider coaches and said he is in. RaiderPower.com talks with Coach J.D. Isler about what Crockett will bring to the Red Raider basketball team.

It didn't take the Texas Tech coaches long to know that Clovis (NM) forward Jaye Crockett was the real deal. And fittingly so, the 6-foot-6, 190-Crockett went ahead and made the pledge to the Red Raider coaches.

Clovis high school coach J.D. Isler commended the Texas Tech coaches for pursuing Crockett the way they did. Because, according to Isler, the word was going to travel fast on this New Mexico recruit.

"[Texas] Tech was one of the schools that got in on him early," Isler said. "Because I'll tell you, the more AAU ball he plays the more he was going to get recruited."

And a few schools came in but were just too late. Isler said that New Mexico and Nebraska both tried to put names in the hat. Now with that decision behind him, Isler feels like this program is a good fit for his star baller.

"I really do think that Texas Tech is a good fit for him," Isler said. "It seems like [Texas Tech] is really trying to go after the 6-6 to 6-8 guys who are more athletic. They have seen him play quite a bit and he may get some time as a freshman."

Isler said he thinks that Crockett will be used as a small forward once in Lubbock. But as long as he is in the Clovis program, power forward is likely his position.

Crockett is a power forward who has a lot of variety in his game.

"He is a big man, but he has a very good perimeter game," Isler said. "He can get out there and shoot the 3-point shots and he also a very good passer. Down low, he is a player who loves to play above the rim year in and year out. I think coach Pat Knight is going to use him as a small forward because I don't think they use numbers for positions down there."

And apparently, that is Crockett's forte. Isler said Crockett has a quick and explosive vertical leap, which allows him to dominate when it comes to rebounding. He also said he has a long wingspan which is critical in Clovis' press zone.

Crockett also has other accolades to prove he has Big 12-level talent.

"He set the school record for field goal percentage with 68%," Isler said. "And he was the only junior to make the All-State team."

During his junior season at Clovis, Crockett averaged 20.9 points, 10.4 rebounds, and three blocks a game.



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